May 14, 2003


Thousands of Oklahoma college graduates poised to enter workforce

The days of pulling all-nighters will be coming to an end for many of the thousands of Oklahoma college students graduating from the state’s public higher education institutions this spring.

According to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, an estimated 25,500 students will earn college degrees this spring, nearly half of which represent students receiving bachelor’s degrees.

Preliminary information relating to degrees awarded in spring 2003 was gathered in a survey of higher education institutions. Official data for the 2002-2003 academic year will be available later.

The most popular fields of study among the estimated 7,400 students who will be receiving associate degrees are business, general studies and nursing.

Business, education and psychology are the programs most frequently selected by the estimated 12,700 students earning bachelor’s degrees.

An estimated total of 4,200 students will receive master’s degrees in a variety of fields, most notably in business and education.

Another 400 students will earn their doctorate degrees, while an estimated 800 others will receive professional degrees in areas such as law and medicine.

“This is an exciting time of the year for thousands of graduates as they move from one chapter in their lives and into another, a chapter filled with hope, opportunity and a bright future,” Chancellor Paul G. Risser said. “These graduates have earned their degrees through hard work, dedication and commitment. They will play an integral role in helping shape Oklahoma’s economy for many years to come. We are truly proud of their accomplishments, and they deserve our utmost respect and admiration.”

Story Contact: Harve Allen, State Regents Media Relations Director, 405.225.9182