CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University is breaking records left and right this year, and now, some students are virtually helping the university reach another milestone.
OSU is already anticipating record numbers of graduates and their guests to attend the commencement ceremony on Sunday. University officials say another record will be set by their online students studying from around the world.
A total of 402 distance students who completed their coursework online through OSU Ecampus will receive their diplomas this year. That’s up from last year’s previous high of 386 students.
This year’s group represents 39 states and five countries including South Korea, China and England.
Ecampus administrators attribute the rise in online graduates to the shift in public perspective that online learning is a viable way to earn an education.
“Online learning is really a great solution for non-residential learners who can’t get to a traditional classroom at certain times during the day. It provides great flexibility, and here at OSU we now offer over 30 fully or partially online degree programs,” said OSU Extended Campus Executive Director Lisa Templeton.
Close to 5,000 on-campus students from Oregon State and OSU Cascades will graduate this month, breaking yet another record.
Ecampus administrators say they’ve steadily expanded the quality of their program offerings and will continue to grow over the years.