University Without Walls Sees Largest Graduating Class in its 40-Year History

UMass Amherst University Without Walls (UWW) has announced its largest graduating class ever. The UWW graduating class of 2011 consists of over 250 online students who hail from 21 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, and the Virgin Islands, China and the United Kingdom. These UWW students are graduating with bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a diverse and impressive list of degree concentrations made possible by UWW’s commitment to allowing their students to design their own course of study in a wide range of academic areas. Ranging in age from their 20s into their 60s UWW’s 2011 graduates have proven once again that it’s never too late to complete your college degree.

Both the main UMass Amherst Commencement and University Without Walls Senior Recognition Ceremonies held on May 13 and 14, 2011 were a huge success with approximately 100 UWW graduates and 550 friends and family traveling from near and far joining a crowd of over 20,000 to celebrate at the Amherst campus for commencement weekend.

UMass Amherst University Without Walls is one of the oldest and most prestigious bachelor’s degree completion programs in the nation. At UWW, students can design their own degree, take fully online or blended (some online, some classroom) courses that fit into their busy lives, and earn college credit for the learning they’ve gained through life, work and training experiences. Started in 1971, UWW understands the real life challenges faced by adult students and are committed to providing them with outstanding one-on-one support and guidance from their first class through graduation.