Archive | Graduation

College Scorecard

College Scorecard Does Not Fairly Represent All Institutions

On September 12, 2015, the White House released its long-awaited College Scorecard and, much like other ranking and comparison tools available for use by students, the Scorecard came up short in representing all institutions fairly. While it may have been created with the latest mobile technology to allow for easier access, its data do not accurately portray many institutions, including those serving non-traditional students or where most students do not use federal student aid (FSA) to cover the cost of tuition.

Continue Reading 0
Graduation 2015

Graduation 2015

With all of our students studying online from around the world, it’s rare that we have the opportunity to bring 1,000 or more of them together with our faculty and staff. APUS annually celebrates our graduating students from American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU) with a ceremony that allows any who graduated over the previous year to don a cap and gown and participate in our Commencement.

Continue Reading 0
Thomas Rasbach

Tapping Innovation in Scholarship, Leadership and the Workplace

By Thomas Rasbach, Alumnus, American Public University

In late April, I was informed that American Public University (APU) planned to present me with one of its James P. Etter Awards for Creativity and Innovation during its recent 2014 Commencement. I had no idea that I was even nominated. I did not realize at the time the magnitude of what this would mean for me or my career, or that I was the first student to receive the prestigious award.

Continue Reading 0

Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

This past weekend, American Public University System (APUS) celebrated the accomplishments of nearly 9,000 American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU) students who earned their degrees over the past 12 months.  As we did last year, we held this year’s commencement ceremony at the  Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in National Harbor, Maryland. 

Continue Reading 0

Commencement 2012

Graduates line up for the graduation processional.

Last Thursday and Friday, American Public University System (APUS) hosted its annual commencement recognizing all students who graduated over the previous 12 months.  While degrees and diplomas are conferred and distributed quarterly, we have held an annual commencement ceremony in the Washington, DC area for more than a decade. 

Continue Reading 0

APUS Recognizes More Than 5,500 Graduates

Two weeks ago, we recognized the graduation of 5,589 students with a graduation ceremony in the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland.  This year’s graduating class was the largest in the history of the American Public University System (APUS) and its institutions, American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU).  Our 5,589 graduates were awarded 2,388 master’s degrees, 2,506 bachelor’s degrees, and 695 associate’s degrees and hailed from all 50 states in the United States and 17 other countries. 

Continue Reading 0

Congratulations American Public University System Graduates!

I was pleased and proud to have been on hand last weekend in Chantilly, VA during our 2009 commencement ceremonies to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of more than 2,800 APUS graduates.  (To see a compilation video from the ceremonies, click here.)  American Public University System (APUS) granted 1,252 Graduate degrees, 1,318 Bachelor degrees, and 235 Associate degrees during the past year. 

Continue Reading 0

Graduation 2008

Many years ago, we were asked to host a graduation ceremony for a graduate. It’s my understanding that prior to that date, we mailed the diplomas to students. That first ceremony spawned an annual event where we invite all graduates who have earned their degree since the previous year’s graduation to travel to the Washington, DC area where we conduct a traditional graduation albeit for an online university.

Continue Reading 1