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April 27, 2007 :: 30,000 Oklahomans Receiving College Degrees This Year

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If early estimates hold true, Oklahoma may have a record number of college graduates ready to enter the workforce this spring.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education estimates that approximately 30,800 students will earn degrees during the 2006-07 academic year at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities.

Preliminary information relating to degrees awarded in 2006-07 was gathered in a survey of higher education institutions. Official data will be available later.

Of those 30,800 graduates, more than half will receive bachelor’s degrees. The most popular fields of study among the estimated 16,700 students receiving bachelor’s degrees are business and education.

Nursing, business and general studies are the programs most frequently selected by the estimated 8,600 students earning associate degrees.

An estimated 4,100 students will receive master’s degrees in a variety of fields, most notably in education, counseling and business.

Estimates show that 500 students will earn doctoral degrees, while 900 others will receive professional degrees in areas such as law and medicine.

“I’m thrilled to see a record number of students graduating from Oklahoma colleges and universities because it affirms we’re making strides toward helping more and more students achieve success,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These graduates are Oklahoma’s future. I want to congratulate every of one them for their accomplishment and thank them for the tremendous contributions that I know they will make with education that they have earned.”

Johnson will deliver commencement addresses at Connors State College in Warner on May 11 and at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton on May 4.

Two Oklahoma colleges have already held graduation ceremonies. Both the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha and Oklahoma State University Technical Branch-Okmulgee awarded their degrees April 20.

Other public colleges and universities will host spring graduation ceremonies during April and May. Ceremonies are listed alphabetically by city and include dates, times, locations and commencement speakers’ names, when available.

Oklahoma’s private colleges and universities also will host spring graduation ceremonies during April and May. Ceremonies are listed alphabetically by city and include dates, times, locations and commencement speakers’ names, when available.