Sumter campus corner: July 10, 2019


Sumter student graduates from Tulane University

NEW ORLEANS (Grassroots Newswire) - Tulane University awarded degrees to more than 3,000 graduates on May 18 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Brandy Paige of Sumter earned a Master of Jurisprudence from the School of Law. The ceremony's keynote speaker was Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Cook also received an honorary degree along with New York Times executive editor and New Orleans native Dean Baquet, Tony- and Emmy Award-winning actress Blythe Danner and civil rights activist U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

Paige and fellow class members were honored at the ceremony, which included all the pomp and circumstance of a traditional commencement but with a New Orleans twist, including herald trumpets and a second-line jazz procession. Music was provided by Dr. Michael White's Original Liberty Jazz Band, and jazz singer Topsy Chapman performed the classic "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans."

Tulane University is one of the nation's leading educational and research institutions. Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, Tulane has 10 schools and colleges offering degrees in architecture, business, law, liberal arts, medicine, public health and tropical medicine, the sciences and engineering and social work.

Local residents earn degree from online university WGU

SALT LAKE CITY (Grassroots Newswire) - The following local residents have earned a degree from Western Governors University. The online, nonprofit university held its 70th (Orlando, Florida); 71st (Cincinnati, Ohio); and 72nd (Anaheim, California) commencement ceremonies this year to celebrate the graduation of more than 22,000 students from across the country.

- Oreta Dean of Sumter has earned her Master of Education, Learning and Technology;

- Alicia Choice of Sumter has earned her Bachelor of Science, Health Informatics; and

- Carmen Mullins of Sumter has earned her Bachelor of Science, Nursing.

WGU has recognized 13,244 undergraduate and 8,930 graduate degree recipients who have completed their degrees in the last six months. Their areas of study include business, K-12 education, information technology and health professions, including nursing. The average time to graduation for those earning a bachelor's degree was two years, four months, while the average time to degree for graduate programs was one year, seven months.

WGU pioneered competency-based education, which measures learning rather than time spent in class. Designed to meet the needs of working adults, students study and learn on their own schedules with individualized, one-to-one faculty support.