Facts and figures: UW-Green Bay’s record graduating class, May 2015

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has a record crop of degree candidates at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as the University prepares for spring commencement at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Kress Events Center on campus.

A total of 975 students are eligible to participate in Saturday’s ceremony. The number eligible to receive bachelor’s degrees is 903. Another 72 are completing master’s degrees.

Other facts and figures related to the May 2015 graduating class:

• Two-thirds of both undergraduate and graduate students are women.

• Among the 903 undergraduates, 61 percent are under the age of 25, 29 percent are ages 25-39, and 10 percent are 40 or older. For master’s candidates, the corresponding percentages are 8, 64 and 28.

• The youngest graduate Saturday will be 18 years old (she is receiving a two-year associate degree), the oldest candidate 66.

• There’s an almost even split between graduates who started their college careers as new freshman at UW-Green Bay (49 percent) and those who transferred from another college (51 percent). Twenty-nine percent of all bachelor’s candidates completed two-year associate degrees before transferring to UW-Green Bay.

• The mean mathematical age is 27.1 for undergraduates, 34.2 for master’s students.

• Area high schools are well represented among potential graduates. More than 20 percent of the undergraduate candidates completed high school in Brown County. That includes Bay Port, 31; Green Bay Preble, 22; Manitowoc Lincoln, 22; Pulaski, 22; West De Pere, 22; Green Bay Southwest, 18; Ashwaubenon, 16; De Pere, 15; Green Bay East, 15; Luxemburg-Casco, 14.

• Master’s candidates by program: Social Work, 23; Teaching and Learning, 20; Environmental Science and Policy, 15; Nursing, 7; Management, 3; Sustainable Management, 2.

• The dozen largest undergraduate majors, in terms of candidates for Saturday’s ceremony: Business Administration, 153; Integrative Leadership Studies (Adult Degree online program) 147; Human Biology, 111; Psychology, 111; Human Development, 98; Nursing, 94; Communication, 62; Education, 47; Social Work, 32; Democracy and Justice Studies, 30; Biology, 29; History, 29. (Please note: Numbers reflect degrees awarded; some students complete multiple majors.)

• Nations represented by Saturday’s candidates include 14 countries and three sovereign American Indian nations. They are Canada, China, Ecuador, Germany, Iraq, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Portugal, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and United States; and the Menominee, Oneida and Quileute nations.

• About 12 percent of the May 2015 commencement candidates are students of color.

• The 17 states represented are Wisconsin, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.


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