First Graduate of Online University Receives Degree from Governors on Friday

November 30, 2000

Surrounded by governors of western states wearing caps and gowns, Gennie Kirch, an elementary school teacher, will received her Master of Arts Degree in Learning and Technology on Friday, December1.

The unusual graduation ceremony is being held in conjunction with the Western Governors Association meeting in La Jolla, California and celebrates the first commencement ceremony and the first graduate of Western Governors University, an online, competency-based university.

Western Governors University (WGU) was established by 19 Governors and 22 Fortune 500 companies and foundations to expand access to higher education. WGUs unique competency-based model utilizes online resources from multiple universities, colleges and commercial providers. The university offers Associates, Bachelors and Masters programs in technology, business and education.

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