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April 26, 2016 - Thousands of Oklahomans Receiving College Degrees This Spring

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Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities are producing thousands of college graduates ready to enter the workforce this spring. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education estimates that more than 34,650 students will earn degrees and college-level certificates during the 2015-16 academic year at Oklahoma state system campuses.

Preliminary information relating to degrees awarded in 2015-16 was gathered in a survey of higher education institutions. Official data will be available later.

Of those graduates, nearly 17,500 will receive bachelor’s degrees. The most popular fields of study among students receiving bachelor’s degrees are business and nursing.

Nursing, business and general studies were the programs most frequently selected by the projected 10,600 students earning associate degrees.

An estimated 4,800 students will receive master’s degrees in a variety of fields, most notably in education, counseling and business.

More than 1,340 students have earned college-level certificates, mainly in the areas of child development, computer science, human resources and entrepreneurship.

Projections show that more than 450 students will earn doctoral degrees, while more than 1,100 others will receive professional degrees in areas such as law and medicine.

“We are very pleased with the number of students earning degrees and graduating from our state’s public colleges and universities,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These graduates are the future of our state. The State Regents congratulate them on this accomplishment and wish them the very best as they embark on the next phase of their lives.”

Distinguished representatives from various fields will deliver commencement addresses during this spring’s graduation ceremonies at Oklahoma’s public institutions.

Ceremonies are listed alphabetically by city and include dates, times, locations and commencement speakers’ names, when available.