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Nearly 900 UW-Green Bay students eligible for spring commencement May 17

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Nearly 900 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students will be eligible to participate in spring commencement ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Kress Events Center on campus.

A total of 763 students have applied to graduate at the end of spring semester 2014 and another 134 intend to complete their course requirements this summer. All 897 of those students are eligible to take part in commencement exercises, and about 75 percent of those have indicated they plan to do so. This figure is slightly lower than last year’s 902 applicants at a similar time. Similar to recent years, 95 percent of applicants (853 individuals) are completing undergraduate degrees and 5 percent (44 individuals) are completing master’s degrees.

Here are additional facts and figures about the class of 2014:

Age: Thirty-six percent of the undergraduate degree applicants (304 individuals) and 95 percent of the graduate degree candidates (42 percent) are age 25 years or older. The undergraduate candidates range in age from 20 to 68, with an average age of 27. The master’s applicants range in age from 22 to 61, with an average age of 33.

Gender: Two-thirds of the undergraduate degree candidates (66 percent, or 563 individuals) are women. A similar proportion of the graduate degree candidates (64 percent, or 28 individuals) are women.

Diversity: The undergraduate candidates include 83 students of color (10 percent of the total) from a range of backgrounds: 25 Asian American, nine Native American, 29 Mexican or Hispanic American, 11 African American and nine individuals from multiple racial or ethnic categories. The master’s candidates include seven Native Americans, two Hispanic students and two African American students. Applicants for graduation have addresses in the Bahamas, Canada, China, Great Britain, Mexico and Taiwan as well as 29 different U.S. states and the following First Nations tribes or bands: Blackfoot, Cherokee, Chippewa, Lac du Flambeau, Menominee, Oneida, Stockbridge-Munsee, Quileute and Red Cliff.

Local high schools: As usual, area high schools are well represented among candidates for graduation. More than 20 percent of the undergraduate degree applicants (199 individuals) completed high school in Brown County. Schools with more than 10 alumni applying to graduate this May or August are as follows: Green Bay Preble (40 individuals), Manitowoc Lincoln (25), Bay Port (23), Green Bay West (19), Denmark (17), Luxemburg-Casco (17), Pulaski (16), Green Bay Southwest (16), Marinette (15), Green Bay East (15), Ashwaubenon (14), De Pere (13) and Green Bay Notre Dame Academy (12).

Degrees by major: Four undergraduate students are set to complete an associate degree, while the remaining applicants are pursuing bachelor’s degrees. Four bachelor’s candidates are completing triple majors and 109 are completing double majors. Business Administration once again tops the list of most popular majors, with 118 candidates set to receive degrees in that major. It is followed by Human Biology (96 individuals), Interdisciplinary Studies (including Bachelor of Applied Studies) (96), Psychology (75), Human Development (65), Nursing (all tracks) (63), Communication (52) and Elementary Education (44). History and Social Work round out the top 10 majors with 33 candidates each. Students are applying to receive undergraduate degrees in a total of 36 majors.

Spring commencement will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Kress Events Center on campus. More information is available at www.uwgb.edu/commencement.

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