Walla Walla-area students earn degrees from WGU Washington


The state-endorsed online Western Governors University Washington in Seattle produced a number of local graduates from Walla Walla. In the three years since the university has been endorsed, enrollment has grown rapidly and now exceeds 6,000 students, according to a release.

WGU Washington awarded a record 1,000 bachelor’s and master’s degrees on May 17 during its commencement ceremony at McCaw Hall in Seattle, a nearly 100-percent increase over the size of last year’s graduating class.

Those earning degrees locally are: Zack Lore, bachelor’s in information technology, software emphasis; Kathleen Armentrout, bachelor’s in nursing; Jordan Pies, bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary studies (K-8); Juanita Stevens, bachelor’s in business management; Erika Montgomery, master’s in English language learning (pre-K-12); Graycen Duffy, bachelor’s in nursing; Tami Mitchell, bachelor’s in nursing; Staci Humphreys, bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies (K-8); Stephanie Berentsen, bachelor’s in nursing; Matthew Shaw, master’s in curriculum and instruction; Julie Cox, master’s in education/instructional design.


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