Kaplan College Graduates Its First Bachelor’s Degree Class

July 15, 2002

Kaplan College will graduate the first bachelor’s degree students from its Davenport, IA campus site in a ceremony held at the Radisson Quad Plaza Hotel at 111 East Second St. in Davenport on July 14, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. CDT. The campus is located at 1801 E. Kimberly Road in Davenport, Iowa.

Sixteen students comprise the first class in Kaplan College history to be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree; ten are campus-based students who participated in traditional classes while six are distance learners who have conducted their coursework online. In addition, 60 students will receive associate, diplomas and certificates as part of this year’s graduating class. Dr. Susan Craig, Criminal Justice Program Chair for Kaplan College, will be the commencement speaker.

Founded in 1937 as the American Institute of Commerce, Kaplan College also provides online and residential associate degrees and certificate programs in business, IT, criminal justice and paralegal studies as well as an online Certificate in Financial Planning. In January 2001, the school launched its first bachelor’s degree program, expanding on its existing associate’s and certificate offerings with a Bachelor of Science in Management program. The Management program offers two concentrations: Information Technology Management and Applied Management, as well as five emphasis areas in E-Commerce, Health Care Management, Justice Administration, Law Office Management, and Sales and Marketing.

“While Kaplan has provided students with high quality programs for years, this graduation marks a successful step toward our goal to provide educational training that enables our students to compete at every level,” said Ed DeJaegher, Chief Academic Officer of Kaplan College. “As our student body — both online and residential — continues to grow, we look forward to providing a quality bachelor’s education to many more students in the years to come.”

Dee Stout, Kaplan College’s Academic Dean, added, “It has been an honor to work with our graduating students. Many of them have held full-time positions, supported their families, dealt with everyday life challenges and have successfully completed their baccalaureate degree. It’s astonishing to see how determined they are.”

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