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Local residents earn degree from Western Governors University


Last updated 4/9/2018 at 9:18pm

SALT LAKE CITY - The following local students have received their degree from Western Governors University. The university held its 64th commencement ceremony at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando on Feb. 10 to celebrate the graduation of about 15,000 graduates from across the country.

Eleven Temecula residents received degrees during the current commencement ceremony.

Courtney Berteaux, Shana Tyler-Henderson, Stacy McFarlane, Sharon Rees and James Stanberry have received their bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Aliah Garcia has earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

Erik Beck has received a master’s degree in teaching for English education, grades 5-12.

Allison Minnesang has earned a master’s degree in mathematics education, grades K-6.

Jeramy Park has received a master’s degree in cybersecurity and information assurance.

Melissa Land has received a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

Sarah Kuhn has earned a master’s degree in business administration for healthcare


At commencement, the online, nonprofit university recognized 8,839 undergraduates and 6,117 graduates who have completed their degrees in business, information technology, K-12 teacher education and healthcare, including nursing. More than 1,100 new alumni participating in the ceremony. Graduates who were not able to attend the ceremony were able to watch the event via live video stream on the university’s website.

Thirty-nine 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 two years, three months. The average time to graduation for graduate programs was one year, seven months.

Designed to meet the needs of working adults, Western Governors University’s competency-based education 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.


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