The following local residents have received their degree from Western Governors University
(WGU). The university held its 33rd semi-annual commencement ceremony at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on July 15 and celebrated the graduation of more than 10,000 graduates.

* Lilia Zaharris of Redding (96002) has received her Master of Arts in
Teaching in Science (5-12)

* Hope Atkinson of Redding (96002) has received her Bachelor of Science in
Nursing

* Kelly Jensen of Anderson (96007) has received her Bachelor of Science in
Nursing

* Rayanna Clowser of Anderson (96007) has received her Master of Science
in Curriculum and Instruction

* Heather Linebarger of Cottonwood (96022) has received her Bachelor of
Science in Nursing

* Kandace Davy of Cottonwood (96022) has received her Master of Science in
Nursing – Education (BSN to MSN)

* Yelena Woodward of Redding (96049) has received her Bachelor of Science
in Nursing

* Sara Holmes of Redding (96003) has received her Bachelor of Science in
Business Management

* Taylor Jones of Redding (96003) has received her Bachelor of Science in
Nursing

* Kimberly Parham of Redding (96003) has received her Master of Science in
Nursing – Education (BSN to MSN)

* J Orellana of Redding (96003) has received his Master of Arts in
Mathematics Education (5-12)

At the commencement, the online, nonprofit university recognized 6,348
undergraduates and 4,140 graduates who have completed their degrees in
business, information technology, K-12 teacher education, and health care,
including nursing. Clayton M. Christensen, the Kim B. Clark Professor of
Business Administration at Harvard Business School and Founder of The
Christensen Institute, delivered the commencement address and joined
President Scott D. Pulsipher in honoring the more than 1,000 new alumni
participating in the ceremony. Students who were not able to attend the
ceremony in person were able to watch the event via live video stream on
WGU’s website.

WGU has made convenient and affordable higher education available to busy
adults. Demand for its competency-based programs can be seen in the
year-over-year growth of WGU’s national impact.

Forty percent of this year’s graduates represent the first generation in
their family to complete college. The average time to graduation for
bachelor’s degrees was 2 years, 3 months and the average time to
graduation for graduate programs was 1 year, 8 months.

Since WGU’s founding in 1997, the online, competency-based university has
awarded more than 87,000 degrees; 20,000 of them in just the past year.
Designed to meet the needs of working adults, WGU’s competency-based
learning model makes it possible for students to fit studying into their
busy lives. Students complete courses as soon as they demonstrate that
they have mastered the subject matter, enabling them to move quickly
through material they already know and spend more time on focusing on what
they still need to learn. As a result, many students are able to
accelerate their studies, finishing faster and saving money.

About WGU
Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access
to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now
serves 82,000 students and 87,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving
innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has
been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students
as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 20 years, the
university has become a leading force in changing lives of through
education. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and
Universities, has been featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The
New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.

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