The following local residents have earned a degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The online, nonprofit university held its 70th (Orlando, Florida); 71st (Cincinnati, Ohio); and 72nd (Anaheim, California) commencement ceremonies this year to celebrate the graduation of more than 22,000 students from across the country.

* Susan Berliner of Anderson (96007) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Nursing

* Suzanne Lindsay of Anderson (96007) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Nursing

* Nicole Hartley of Cottonwood (96022) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Business – Healthcare Management

* Nathan Dabbs of Cottonwood (96022) has earned his Bachelor of Science, Business – Healthcare Management

* Cassidy Templeton of Millville (96062) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Business Management

* Natalya Akimoff of Redding (96002) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Marketing Management

* Rikki Zepponi of Redding (96002) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Nursing

* Teri Booker of Redding (96002) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Nursing

WGU has recognized 13,244 undergraduate and 8,930 graduate degree recipients, who have completed their degrees in the last six months. Their areas of study include business, K-12 education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. The average time to graduation for those earning a bachelor’s degree was 2 years, 4 months, while the average time to degree for graduate programs was 1 year, 7 months.

WGU pioneered competency-based education, which measures learning rather than time spent in class. Designed to meet the needs of working adults, students study and learn on their own schedules with individualized, one-to-one faculty support. They complete courses as soon as they demonstrate that they have mastered the subject matter; allowing them to move quickly through material they already know so they can allocate time for what they still need to learn. As a result, many WGU students are able to accelerate their studies, saving both time and 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 more than 115,000 students nationwide and has more than 147,000 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 22 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.