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APUS Marks Accomplishments of 7,000+ Graduates at 2012 Commencement

Graduates Representing Every Military Branch, and 29 Countries Worldwide, Exhorted by Keynoter Lt. General Kenneth Hunzeker to Remain Lifelong Learners

CHARLES TOWN, WV, June 25, 2012—American Public University System (APUS) celebrated the achievements of more than 7,000 American Public University (APU) and American Military University (AMU) graduates at its recent 16th annual commencement in Washington, DC.  The students, representing 29 countries and all branches of the US military, join APUS’s global network of nearly 26,000 undergraduate and graduate alumni worldwide.

Noteworthy metrics of the graduating class include the following:

  • The University’s School of Security and Global Studies, along with its Schools of Business, Management and Public Service and Health, conferred the largest number of degrees overall at both levels.

  • Master’s and bachelor’s degrees were almost equally split at approximately 43% each of the total, with associates degrees comprising the remaining 14%.  
  • Degree conferrals were made to the University's largest number of graduate students in its history, a distinction earned by less than 6% of the U.S. population.

APUS President & CEO Dr. Wallace E. Boston commended the graduates for their accomplishment given the diverse challenges faced by working adults in completing their studies, especially those with families. He recognized several students with The President’s Award for outstanding academic achievement, including AMU graduates SSA Michael J. Collett and Ms. Karisa Taylor. In addition, The James P. Etter Award for Creativity and Innovation was presented to faculty member Daniel Hahn, and Board of Trustees Member Lt. General Julius Becton, Jr. (Ret.) received an Honorary Doctorate degree.

Lt. General Kenneth W. Hunzeker (Ret.), president of ITT Exelis Mission Systems, presented the keynote address, urging the graduates to be lifelong learners.

“Prior to World War II, advanced education had only been available to a small and rather elite group,” said Hunzeker.”These returning veterans broke that mold and took full advantage of the opportunities in droves…jumpstarting our economy in the post-war years.”

“It is through institutions like APUS that veterans can continue their education while serving the nation, or members of the workforce can continue their education while working,” Hunzeker continued. “The perseverance and commitment you demonstrated in getting your degrees shows that you have character and will set the conditions for your future career success.”

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