Cleveland's Townsend goes to Orlando to walk in WGU college graduation

Posted 3/6/19

Local resident Lucille Townsend recently earned her master’s degree in business administration from WGU Tennessee, and traveled to Orlando, Fla., to receive her diploma at the university’s winter …

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Cleveland's Townsend goes to Orlando to walk in WGU college graduation

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Local resident Lucille Townsend recently earned her master’s degree in business administration from WGU Tennessee, and traveled to Orlando, Fla., to receive her diploma at the university’s winter commencement.

 WGU Tennessee is an online, nonprofit university formed through a partnership between the state of Tennessee and nationally recognized Western Governors University. Graduates are welcome to attend any of the WGU commencements held around the country.

“Being part of WGU Tennessee’s commencement and watching graduates like Jacalyn walk across the stage in Orlando is a special experience for all of WGU Tennessee staff, students, and families,” said Dr. Kimberly K. Estep, chancellor of WGU Tennessee. “Our students are extremely motivated – juggling school, work, and family life throughout their time with WGU Tennessee. This day is a defining moment in our students’ lives, and we are proud to celebrate them.”

 As of today, more than 4,300 students are enrolled in the university, which has conferred 3,000 degrees since launching. WGU Tennessee has students in all 95 counties, and graduates in 92 counties.

 “I have overcome many odds to be able to complete my degree at WGU. They have provided the resources for me to dig deeper into my education and understand the why, not just the facts, on how the business world works. It is definitely worth it to take the time to enhance what you can bring to your employer.”

About WGU Tennessee

WGU Tennessee is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Tennesseans’ access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state of Tennessee and nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Tennessee is open to all qualified Tennessee residents. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, K–12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. 

 Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).*

 In addition to WGU Tennessee, there are seven other WGU state-based, state-endorsed universities: WGU Indiana, established in June 2010; WGU Washington, established in April 2011; WGU Texas, established in August 2011; WGU Missouri, established in February 2013; WGU Nevada, established in June 2015; WGU North Carolina, established in October 2017; and WGU Ohio, established in February 2018.

 For more information, visit the WGU Tennessee website, tennessee.wgu.edu, or call 855-948-8495.

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