News Brief - 8/28/17
NASHVILLE WGU Tennessee celebrated the academic achievements of 620 Tennesseans from 50 different counties Saturday at its 2017 commencement ceremony.
Gov. Bill Haslam, who welcomed WGU Tennessee to the state in 2013 as part of his Drive to 55 initiative, gave the commencement address at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Saturday.
“There is no doubt that these graduates have dramatically changed the trajectory of their lives by going back to school,” Haslam said. “It’s not just about income – their quality of life is about to improve. On behalf of 6.6 million Tennesseans, I want congratulate these graduates on their hard work.”
Other speakers included WGU Tennessee Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Estep, WGU President Scott Pulsipher and four members of the 2017 graduating class.
“Many of these graduates probably never thought this day would come,” said Estep. “Our university is geared to adult learners, and it takes an extraordinary drive to earn their degrees while balancing work and family commitments. We’re extremely proud of their achievements.”
WGU Tennessee is an online, nonprofit university that was launched as part of Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative in 2013, and is designed primarily for working adults. The average age of graduates from the 2017 class is almost 40 years old.
WGU Tennessee enrolls students into its programs each month. Its flat-rate tuition is about $3,000 for a six-month term, during which students can complete an unlimited amount of coursework. Those interested in learning more can visit tennessee.wgu.edu.