Sumter residents earn degrees from WGU


SALT LAKE CITY - The following local residents have earned their degree from Western Governors University. The online, nonprofit university held its 71st (Cincinnati, Ohio); 72nd (Anaheim, California); 73rd (Salt Lake City, Uah); and 74th (Seattle, Washington) commencement ceremonies in the spring and summer of this year to celebrate the recent graduation of more than 10,000 students from across the country.

- Shawn Draper of Sumter has earned a Bachelor of Science, Business - Information Technology Management degree.

- Reggie James of Sumter has earned a Master of Science, Information Technology Management degree; and

- Corey Smith of Sumter has earned a Master of Science, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance degree.

WGU has recognized 5,750 undergraduate and 4,488 graduate degree recipients, who have completed their degrees since June 24, 2019.

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, three months, while the average time to degree for graduate programs was one year, seven months. The average age for those who graduated is 38 years old.