Local Residents Earn Degree from WGU

The following local residents have earned a degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The online, nonprofit university held its 67th (Austin, Texas), 68th (Washington, DC), 69th (Indianapolis, Indiana), and 70th (Orlando, Florida) commencement ceremonies last fall and earlier this year to celebrate the recent graduation of nearly 22,000 students from across the country.*Saul Peterson of Black Diamond (98010) has earned his Master of Science, Educational Leadership (ST) *Adam Dague of Covington (98042) has earned his Master of Science, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance *Allyson Combs of Covington (98042) has earned her Master of Arts, Mathematics Education (5-9) *Amy Huyser of Covington (98042) has earned her Master of Education, Learning and Technology *Daniel Silverman of Covington (98042) has earned his Bachelor of Science, Sales and Sales Management *Deborah Gerber of Covington (98042) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Business Management *Drazaie Lang of Covington (98042) has earned his Bachelor of Science, Business Management *Heather Schut of Covington (98042) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Business – Human Resource Management *Sarah Baileigh of Covington (98042) has earned her MBA, IT Management *Bradley Valentine of Kent (98042) has earned his Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) *Crystal Goodwin of Kent (98042) has earned her Master of Education, Instructional Design *David Daley of Kent (98042) has earned his Master of Arts, Science Education (5-12, Bio) *Jason Keller of Kent (98042) has earned his Bachelor of Science, Software Development *Jeffery Lock of Kent (98042) has earned his Bachelor of Science, Accounting *Jun Aguasin of Kent (98042) has earned his Bachelor of Science, Nursing *Kimberly Jewett of Kent (98042) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Nursing *Michelle Brantley of Kent (98042) has earned her Master of Science, Management and Leadership *Miriam Nazario of Kent (98042) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Business Management *Robert Pellegrini of Kent (98042) has earned his Bachelor of Science, Business Management *Samantha Holler of Kent (98042) has earned her Master of Science, Curriculum and Instruction *Tammy Gary of Kent (98042) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Nursing *Tawnda Brown of Kent (98042) has earned her Master of Education, Learning and Technology *William Jackson of Kent (98042) has earned his Bachelor of Science, Business – Information Technology Management *Yasmin Abubakar of Kent (98042) has earned her Master of Arts, English Language Learning (PreK-12) *Bailey Pricco of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics (5-12) *Cindy Ross of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Accounting *Cynthia McClelland of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Master of Science, Special Education *Danielle Goodgion of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Nursing *David Seiler of Maple Valley (98038) has earned his Master of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics (5-9) *Debra Hawker-Schreiner of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Master of Arts in Teaching, Science (5-12) *Edwin Torres Ibarra of Maple Valley (98038) has earned his Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) *Eric Lilly of Maple Valley (98038) has earned his Bachelor of Science, IT – Security Emphasis *Jeffrey Bailey of Maple Valley (98038) has earned his Bachelor of Science, Business Management
*Jessica Briere of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Bachelor of Arts, Special Education *Joseph Bennett of Maple Valley (98038) has earned his Bachelor of Science, Business – Information Technology Management *Julie Millage of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Master of Arts in Teaching, English Education (5-12) *Kelsey Richards of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Bachelor of Arts, Science (5-12, Physics) *Kristine Nicholson of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Business – Healthcare Management *Lindsey Douglas of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Business Management *Maret Unruh of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Master of Science, Educational Leadership (ST) *Marie Josee Estelle Nicolas of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Bachelor of Arts, Science (5-12, Chemistry) *Michael Christiansen of Maple Valley (98038) has earned his Master of Education, Learning and Technology *Michelle Couture of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Nursing *Natalie Stumpges of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Endorsement Preparation Program, Educational Leadership (ST) *Shelley Marr of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Bachelor of Arts, Special Education *Stephen Defrisco of Maple Valley (98038) has earned his Master of Science, Nursing – Leadership and Management (BSN to MSN) *Suzanne Melendez of Maple Valley (98038) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Business – Human Resource Management *Terry Little of Maple Valley (98038) has earned his Master of Science, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance *Diana Whitaker of Ravensdale (98051) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Business – Information Technology Management *Karin Sebree of Ravensdale (98051) has earned her Master of Science, Special Education *Sandy TenBroeck of Ravensdale (98051) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Nursing *Anand Hinge of Renton (98058) has earned his Master of Science, Management and Leadership
*Barbara Cowgill of Renton (98058) has earned her Endorsement Preparation Program, English Language Learning (PreK-12) *Bryan Dean of Renton (98058) has earned his Bachelor of Science, Business Management *Caitlin Hormel of Renton (98058) has earned her Master of Science, Curriculum and Instruction *Carol Walker of Renton (98058) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Business Management *Carrie Phillips of Renton (98058) has earned her Master of Science, Nursing – Education (BSN to MSN) *Cassie Thompson of Renton (98058) has earned her Master of Science, Curriculum and Instruction *Christine Peltzer of Renton (98058) has earned her Master of Science, Nursing – Leadership and Management (RN to MSN) *Dmitrii Karanin of Renton (98058) has earned his Bachelor of Science, Software Development *Elaine Randhawa of Renton (98058) has earned her MBA, Healthcare Management *Gabriel Zellmer of Renton (98058) has earned his Master of Science, Information Security and Assurance *Jason DeJong of Renton (98058) has earned his Bachelor of Science, Marketing Management *Khristian Jourdan of Renton (98058) has earned her Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) *Lauren Crater of Renton (98058) has earned her Master of Science, Curriculum and Instruction *Marc Ernest of Renton (98058) has earned his Bachelor of Science, Business Management *Melissa Larsen of Renton (98058) has earned her Master of Arts, English Language Learning (PreK-12) *Priscilla Akpai of Renton (98058) has earned her Bachelor of Science, Nursing *Richard Hoskinson of Renton (98058) has earned his Bachelor of Science, Business – Information Technology Management *Rui Wang of Renton (98058) has earned her Master of Arts, English Language Learning (PreK-12) *Shawn Callen of Renton (98058) has earned her Master of Arts, Mathematics Education (5-12)

WGU has recognized 12,920 undergraduate and 8,885 graduate degree recipients, who have completed their degrees since June 1, 2018. 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 2 years, 5 months, while the average time to degree for graduate programs was 1 year, 7 months. The average age for those who graduated is 38 years old.

WGU pioneered competency-based education, which measures learning rather than time spent in class. Designed to meet the needs of working adults, competency-based education enables students to study and learn on their own schedules with individualized, one-to-one faculty support. They complete courses as soon as they demonstrate that they have mastered the subject matter, allowing them to move quickly through material they already know so they can allocate time for what they still need to learn. As a result, many WGU students are able to accelerate their studies, saving both time and – under WGU’s flat-rate tuition model – money.

About WGU: Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 114,000 students nationwide and has more than 136,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 21 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.