Grantham University Holds 5th Live Commencement in KCMO

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1,763 Grantham Students to be Recognized

Commencement Ceremony

2011 Commencement Ceremony

While our faculty and staff does closely communicate with and mentor our online students throughout their term of study, commencement affords them the privilege of meeting and congratulating many of our students face-to-face.

Grantham University, a 61-year-old institution delivering accredited online degree programs to working adults and active duty military students around the world, will recognize 1,763 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates at its commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 2 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo.

Grantham president Joseph McGrath will preside over the exercises, and Harry Campbell, author, speaker and former president at Sprint, Embarq and Freightview, a division of Freightquote, will address the graduates at the Kansas City Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom. Dr. Mark Skousen, author, noted economist, and namesake of the University’s School of Business, will introduce the Class of 2012 representative, DETC Outstanding Graduate, Master Sergeant Reginald Hurt. More than 235 students from across the United States and overseas are expected to attend the ceremonies.

“This is an exciting time; not only for our degree candidates, but also for the University,” said McGrath. “While our faculty and staff does closely communicate with and mentor our online students throughout their term of study, commencement affords them the privilege of meeting and congratulating many of our students face-to-face. It’s a special time for all of us.”

Grantham is one of the oldest, private, post-secondary, degree-granting distance learning universities in the United States. For the fifth year in a row, Grantham was recently recognized as one of America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities. Grantham has a deep and proud history of serving students who are active duty or retired military. More than 77 percent of the graduates attending this year’s commencement ceremony are activity duty service members, veterans, retired military or military spouses.

Commencement speakers include:
Harry Campbell, author, speaker and former president at Sprint, Embarq and Freightview, a division of Freightquote
Dr. Mark Skousen, author and noted economist
MSG Reginald Hurt, DETC Outstanding Graduate, representative of the Class of 2012

Grantham Class of 2012, by the numbers
1,763 total Class of 2012
636 received associate degrees
742 received bachelor’s degrees
389 received master’s degrees
Multidisciplinary Studies followed by Criminal Justice is the most popular undergraduate degree
Master of Business Administration followed by MBA-Project Management is the most popular graduate degree
235 students are expected to attend graduation ceremonies in person
Of the 235 students attending the live ceremony, 60% are graduating with honors

Grantham University was founded in 1951 by Donald Grantham, a veteran of World War II, to help prepare veterans for new jobs in the electronics’ industry and a better future upon their return to civilian life. Today, the University supports thousands of online students in 36 different associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Grantham’s mission is to provide accessible, affordable, professionally relevant degree programs in a continuously changing global society. For more information about Grantham University and its degree programs, visit http://www.grantham.edu or call 800-955-2527.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in online education for the working adult student. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has compiled a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education.

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