UW-Green Bay achieves record number of spring, summer undergraduate candidates

More than 930 UW-Green Bay students are eligible to participate in spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 18, including an all-time high number of undergraduate degree candidates.

As of May 7, 802 students had registered to graduate at the end of spring semester 2013, and another 129 intend to complete their degree requirements this summer, according to the UW-Green Bay Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. Each one of those 931 total students is eligible to participate in spring commencement exercises, and more than 75 percent have indicated they plan to attend. Similar to recent years, 96 percent (892) of the candidates for graduation are completing undergraduate degrees, while 4 percent (39) are finishing master’s degrees. Spring commencement ceremonies will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Kress Events Center on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Here, by the numbers, is a look at the class of 2013:

• Undergraduate degree candidates range in age from 20 to 64, with an average age of 26 years. Master’s candidates range in age from 23 to 46, with an average age of 32. Ninety percent (35 individuals) of grad students and 34 percent (309 individuals) of undergraduates are age 25 or older.

• Sixty-eight percent of undergraduate degree candidates (609 individuals) are women. An even larger percentage of the master’s candidates — 74 percent, or 29 individuals — are women.

• About eight percent of undergraduate degree candidates are students of color from a range of backgrounds, including Asian American, Native American, Mexican or Hispanic American and African American, as well as those from multiple racial or ethnic categories.

• Candidates for graduation have addresses in China, Germany, Great Britain, Korea, Mexico, Nepal and Vietnam, as well as 27 U.S. states.

• More than 20 percent (179 students) of undergraduate degree applicants completed high school in Brown County. Eleven Northeastern Wisconsin high schools have more than 10 alumni applying for graduation in May or August: Green Bay Preble (39), De Pere (22), Pulaski (19), Green Bay Southwest (18), Green Bay East (18), Bay Port (17), Denmark (16), Luxemburg-Casco (15), Ashwaubenon (14), Manitowoc Lincoln (12) and West De Pere (11).

• Master’s degree candidates for May and August come from four programs: Environmental Science and Policy (seven individuals), Management (three individuals), Social Work (23 individuals) and Teaching and Learning (six individuals).

• Six undergraduate degree applicants are slated to complete an associate degree, and the remaining 886 will complete bachelor’s degrees. Four bachelor’s candidates are completing triple majors and 149 are completing double majors.

• Business Administration tops the list of most popular majors for this year’s undergraduates, with 118 candidates for graduation. It is followed by Interdisciplinary Studies (93), Psychology (88), Human Biology (85) and Human Development (85).

A tentative list of majors and number of undergraduate candidates is as follows:
UWGB 2013 spring majors and number of undergraduate candidates