Record Number of Students Graduate From AU

Record Number of Students Graduate From AU



More than 500 Ashford University graduates from 40 states and six countries participated in commencement ceremonies held today at the Clinton campus. It was the largest graduation in the university's history.

Ashford University offers online and on-campus associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs. More than 90 percent of graduates participating in the ceremonies earned their degrees online.

“This is an exciting time in our institution’s history, because it’s the first time we’ve had to have two ceremonies to accommodate participating graduates,” Ashford University President Dr. Jane McAuliffe said. “It’s great that so many of our online students chose to come to Clinton to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas in person. It’s a wonderful way for them to celebrate their educational experience with Ashford.”

In May 2009, Ashford University graduated a total of 1,702 students, including 66 on-campus students and 1,636 online students. Twenty-five associate's, 1,275 bachelor's and 402 master's degrees were awarded.

Graduation ceremonies are held twice annually. In 2007, Ashford University had 876 total graduates. In 2008, the number increased to 2,567 total graduates. The May 2009 graduating class is the largest in the university's 90-year history.

From New Yorkers to Californians, most of the cyberspace students who participated in the ceremonies had never met face-to-face, but earned their degrees together. Clinton, with a population of less than 28,000, embraced these students, their friends and their families while local hotels and restaurants experienced a surge in conjunction with graduation festivities.

"Online learning is increasingly popular," McAuliffe said. "Technology makes higher education more accessible and more affordable, especially for non-traditional students ranging from working moms to military war veterans, career launchers to career enhancers."

U.S. Olympic gymnastics star Kerri Strug gave the keynote address at each of Ashford’s graduation ceremonies. She made Olympic history with her courageous performance during the 1996 Olympic Games when she landed an unforgettable vault on an injured ankle to help the United States clinch its first Olympic gold medal in the team gymnastics competition.

About Ashford University
Founded in 1918, Ashford University is a coeducational institution regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, with programs in education, business, accounting, criminal and social justice, computer animation and graphic design, and other areas. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a range of student activities and athletics, at its Clinton campus. Online degree programs are available in education, organizational management, business administration, and psychology. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable on-campus and online programs, with tuition fees among the lowest in the U.S. compared to other private institutions. Its tagline is: “Higher Education Made Affordable”SM. For more information, visit www.ashford.edu or contact Shari Rodriguez, Director of Public Relations, at 858/513-9240 x2513.

More than 500 Ashford University graduates from 40 states and six countries participated in commencement ceremonies held today at the Clinton campus. It was the largest graduation in the university's history.

Ashford University offers online and on-campus associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs. More than 90 percent of graduates participating in the ceremonies earned their degrees online.

“This is an exciting time in our institution’s history, because it’s the first time we’ve had to have two ceremonies to accommodate participating graduates,” Ashford University President Dr. Jane McAuliffe said. “It’s great that so many of our online students chose to come to Clinton to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas in person. It’s a wonderful way for them to celebrate their educational experience with Ashford.”

In May 2009, Ashford University graduated a total of 1,702 students, including 66 on-campus students and 1,636 online students. Twenty-five associate's, 1,275 bachelor's and 402 master's degrees were awarded.

Graduation ceremonies are held twice annually. In 2007, Ashford University had 876 total graduates. In 2008, the number increased to 2,567 total graduates. The May 2009 graduating class is the largest in the university's 90-year history.

From New Yorkers to Californians, most of the cyberspace students who participated in the ceremonies had never met face-to-face, but earned their degrees together. Clinton, with a population of less than 28,000, embraced these students, their friends and their families while local hotels and restaurants experienced a surge in conjunction with graduation festivities.

"Online learning is increasingly popular," McAuliffe said. "Technology makes higher education more accessible and more affordable, especially for non-traditional students ranging from working moms to military war veterans, career launchers to career enhancers."

U.S. Olympic gymnastics star Kerri Strug gave the keynote address at each of Ashford’s graduation ceremonies. She made Olympic history with her courageous performance during the 1996 Olympic Games when she landed an unforgettable vault on an injured ankle to help the United States clinch its first Olympic gold medal in the team gymnastics competition.

About Ashford University
Founded in 1918, Ashford University is a coeducational institution regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, with programs in education, business, accounting, criminal and social justice, computer animation and graphic design, and other areas. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a range of student activities and athletics, at its Clinton campus. Online degree programs are available in education, organizational management, business administration, and psychology. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable on-campus and online programs, with tuition fees among the lowest in the U.S. compared to other private institutions. Its tagline is: “Higher Education Made Affordable”SM. For more information, visit www.ashford.edu or contact Shari Rodriguez, Director of Public Relations, at 858/513-9240 x2513.