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April 24, 2017 - Thousands of Oklahomans Receiving College Degrees This Spring

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Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities are producing thousands of college graduates ready to enter the workforce this spring. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education estimates that approximately 35,800 students will earn degrees and college-level certificates during the 2016-17 academic year at Oklahoma state system campuses.

Preliminary information relating to degrees awarded in 2016-17 was gathered in a survey of higher education institutions. Official data will be available at a later date.

Of those graduates, more than 17,800 will receive bachelor’s degrees. The most popular fields of study among students receiving bachelor’s degrees are business administration and nursing.

Nursing, business and general studies were the programs most frequently selected by the nearly 10,200 students projected to earn associate degrees.

Approximately 4,890 students will receive master’s degrees in a variety of fields, most notably in education, counseling and business.
Nearly 1,300 students have earned college-level certificates, mainly in the areas of child development and human resources.

Projections show that more than 630 students will earn doctoral degrees, while more than 920 others will receive professional degrees in areas such as law and medicine.

“We are very pleased with the number of students earning degrees and graduating from our state’s public colleges and universities,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Despite recent historic budget cuts, our state system of higher education remains committed to increasing college degree and certificate attainment and producing the graduates required to meet our state’s workforce needs. The State Regents congratulate these graduates and wish them the very best in their future career endeavors.”

Distinguished representatives from various fields will deliver commencement addresses during this spring’s graduation ceremonies at Oklahoma’s public institutions.

Ceremonies are listed alphabetically by city and include dates, times, locations and commencement speakers’ names, when available.