Kaplan University's 2014 Winter Commencement celebrated the achievements
of over 6,800 graduates who earned Associate, Bachelor and Master
Degrees from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education,
Health Sciences, Information Technology, Legal Studies, Nursing and
Public Service. The graduation took place at the James L. Knight
International Center in Miami, Florida.
Donald E. Graham, CEO of Graham Holdings Company, the parent company to
Kaplan University, delivered the keynote address at each of the two
ceremonies held today. He addressed more than 725 graduates in
attendance and thousands more watching and celebrating around the world
via a live webcast.
He congratulated the graduates on "a triumph - more impressive because
of how hard you have worked and how much you overcame to be here."
Graham has been chief executive officer of Graham Holdings Company, then
The Washington Post Company, since 1991 and chairman of the board since
1993. The company's name changed after the sale of the newspaper in
2013. Additionally, Graham is a director and member of the compensation
committee of Facebook and previously served as a member of the Pulitzer
Kaplan University President Dr. Wade Dyke presided over the ceremony and
recognized their achievements.
"The reason you forged ahead was the desire to make a positive change in
your life and in the lives of those around you hrough education," said
Dr. Dyke. "Your personal path has not ended; in fact, it has widened
your opportunities. As you continue, pursue each endeavor with the same
determination that got you here today."
During the 2012-2013 academic year, Kaplan University conferred over
15,000 degrees and nearly 600 certificates and diplomas.
The ceremonies can be viewed at www.graduation.kaplan.edu
About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher
education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by
providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for
careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which
has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago,
is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org)
and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and
Schools. Kaplan University serves approximately 44,000 online and
campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska,
Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers
in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.
Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education Group and Kaplan,
Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career
services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. serves
approximately 65,000 students online and through approximately 60
campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan's higher education
schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates
and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris
doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array
of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional
training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc. is a
subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company and is its largest division. For
more information, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu.
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