Just last month, APUS honored some 2,800 students who successfully completed their degree programs. The ceremony was a very nice one and the excitement of the students who attended was obvious. Fast on the heels of such exuberance, however, is the daunting task of locating jobs for those who were not already employed as many of our students are.
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.
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.