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WGU Texas Commencement Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Competency-based university marks milestone with 5,000-plus graduates and nearly 8,000 enrolled statewide; set to announce results from statewide higher education poll

Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) August 29, 2016

As WGU Texas celebrates its fifth anniversary, the nonprofit, competency-based online university geared toward working adults, will mark a major milestone during its upcoming statewide commencement ceremony Saturday, September 17th.  (See details below.)

In addition to celebrating 5,000 Texas graduate to date, WGU Texas will also release a second statewide poll on the state higher education in Texas on Tuesday September 27, 2015*. See last years’ poll results here.

The 2016 WGU Texas Commencement will feature a keynote address by Manny Flores, CEO and Managing Partner of LatinWorks, as well as four graduate speakers representing each of the four areas of study; IT, business, teaching and healthcare and showcasing the diversity and personal stories of achievement of the WGU Texas Class of 2016.

WHAT:            WGU Texas Commencement

WHO:              Manny Flores, CEO and Managing Partner of LatinWorks;

Veronica Vargas Stidvent, Chancellor, WGU Texas

Reginald Saxton (Sugarland, Texas), B.S. Business Management

Jose Victorino (Austin, Texas), B.S., IT Security

RaQuita Weeks-Lee (Cedar Hill, Texas), M.S., Nursing – Education

Rachael Black (Weatherford, Texas), B.A. Science Education

300+ members of the WGU Texas Class of 2016, their university mentors and family members will also be there to cheer on the graduates.

WHEN:                        9:45 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

WHERE:          Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas

*Note the second annual WGU Texas Higher Education Poll is scheduled for release at a news conference 9 a.m., Sept. 27 at the Texas Association of Broadcasters Office in Austin.  Additional information on the upcoming poll release will be shared soon.

WGU Texas is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Texans’ access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state of Texas and nationally-recognized Western Governors University, WGU Texas is open to all qualified Texas 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).*

Learn more at or call 1-877-214-7011.
*Western Governors University offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington, DC 20036, 202-877-6791).

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Margaret Justus
WGU texas
Media Relations
Nancy Fitzgerald
WGU Texas
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