Minneapolis—August 21, 2012—More than 500 graduates, along with 2,500 expected guests, will attend Walden University’s 48th Commencement Ceremony, being held Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. They are part of a graduating class of more than 5,500 students, representing 50 U.S. states and 49 countries, who have completed their bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and education specialist degree programs at Walden during the past six months. For graduates, family and friends who are unable to attend, Walden will host a live webcast of the ceremony starting at 1:30 p.m. Central time at www.WaldenU.edu.
Dr. Óscar Arias Sánchez, former president of Costa Rica and 1987 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, will serve as the keynote speaker. Championing issues such as human development, democracy and demilitarization, Dr. Arias has traveled worldwide spreading a message of peace and applying the lessons learned from the Central American peace process to topics of current global debate.
“Our most recent graduates, as part of the Walden community, are committed to social change. Together with our alumni and current students, they are well-prepared to be the leaders of tomorrow and make an impact in their communities locally and around the world,” said Dr. Cynthia Baum, president of Walden University.
At commencement, degrees from a number of programs will be awarded for the first time. These programs are BS in Accounting, BS in Healthcare Management, BS in Information Technology, BS in Political Science and Public Administration, MS in Accounting, MS in Accounting and Management, MS in Early Childhood Studies, MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling and MS in Management.
Several individuals will also be honored during the ceremony:
The Walden University community gathers to honor its graduating students twice a year at summer and winter commencement ceremonies. An archived version will be available following the ceremony. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu/commencement.
About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 48,500 students from all 50 states and more than 140 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 60 campus-based and online universities in 29 countries.
Walden offers more than 65 degree programs with more than 330 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org.