Oklahoma Higher Education Campus E-Clips sponsored by the Communicators Council

April 2012

Thousands of Oklahomans Receiving College Degrees This Spring

Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities have produced thousands of college graduates ready to enter the workforce this spring.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education estimates that more than 32,400 students will earn degrees during the 2011-12 academic year at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities.

Preliminary information relating to degrees awarded in 2011-12 was gathered in a survey of higher education institutions. Official data will be available later.

Of those 32,400 graduates, an estimated 16,600 will receive bachelor’s degrees. The most popular fields of study among students receiving bachelor’s degrees are business, education and nursing.

General studies, nursing and business were the programs most frequently selected by the projected 9,300 students earning associate degrees.

An estimated 4,900 students will receive master’s degrees in a variety of fields, most notably in education, business and counseling.

Projections show that 480 students will earn doctoral degrees, while approximately 950 others will receive professional degrees in areas such as law and medicine.

“We are very pleased to see so many students continuing to graduate from Oklahoma colleges and universities,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These graduates are the future of our state. We want to congratulate each one of them for this 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 at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities.

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

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