SALT LAKE CITY - The following local residents have received their degree from Western Governors University ( The university held its 27th semi-annual commencement ceremony in Salt Lake City on July 12 and celebrated the graduation of more than 5,500 graduates. The university awarded 3,085 undergraduate and 2,456 graduate degrees in business, information technology, K-12 teacher education, and healthcare professions, including nursing. Graduates reside in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, as well as Armed Forces personnel stationed overseas.

* Drew Mallett of Conway (72034) has received his/her B.S. Information


* Erin Tank of Conway (72034) has received his/her MBA--Management and


Under Secretary of Education, Ted Mitchell, delivered the commencement address. Students who were not able to attend the ceremony in were able to watch the event via live video stream on the WGU website.

Western Governors University is the only university in the U.S. offering accredited, competency-based bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at scale. Founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors, WGU has grown to become a national university with more than 46,000 students and 33,000 graduates in all 50 states. Recognized by President Obama as an innovative university that, awards credits based on learning, not seat time, WGU has been named one of Fast Company’s. Most Innovative Companies for 2013, and has been featured on NPR‚s. All Things Considered,‰ The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNN‚s „Schools of Thought, and in The New York Times. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. A 100Kin10 partner*, WGU’s Teachers College was established in 2003 with the support of the U.S. Department of Education and is nationally recognized for its math and science (STEM) education programs. WGU is currently the top producer of masters degrees in mathematics education in the United States.