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April 10, 2008 :: More Oklahomans Receiving Bachelor’s Degrees This Year

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If early projections hold true, more Oklahomans are receiving bachelor’s degrees this year than did last spring.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education estimates that approximately 30,000 students will earn degrees during the 2007-08 academic year at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities.

Preliminary information relating to degrees awarded in 2007-08 was gathered in a survey of higher education institutions. Official data will be available later.

Of those 30,000 graduates, an estimated 17,400 will receive bachelor’s degrees, a 4 percent increase from the 2006-07 academic year. The most popular fields of study among students receiving bachelor’s degrees are business and education.

Business, nursing and general studies are the programs most frequently selected by the projected 7,500 students earning associate degrees.

An estimated 3,900 students will receive master’s degrees in a variety of fields, most notably in education and counseling.

Projections show that 350 students will earn doctoral degrees, while 850 others will receive professional degrees in areas such as law and medicine.

“We are very pleased to see that the number of students graduating from Oklahoma colleges and universities with a bachelor’s degree is continuing to increase,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These graduates are the future of our state. I want to congratulate each one of them for their significant accomplishment and wish them the very best in all of their future endeavors.”

Distinguished representatives from various fields will deliver commencement addresses during this spring’s graduation ceremonies. Ceremonies are listed alphabetically by city and include dates, times, locations and commencement speakers’ names, when available.