Graduation and Beyond
Even after you graduate, WGU will be there to support you. After all, you’re part of an exclusive community that is bound together under one common goal: future success.
The Graduation Ceremony
Twice a year, WGU holds in-person graduation commencement ceremonies in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the university’s main offices are located. These ceremonies are a great opportunity for WGU graduates to get together, celebrate a momentous occasion with their families, meet their mentors face-to-face, and describe what their WGU degrees have meant to them.
Commencement speakers have included several U.S. governors and senators, including former governors Michael Leavitt and Roy Romer, as well as Wyoming Senator Michael Enzi.
WGU Alumni Association and Communities
Support Doesn't Stop When You Graduate
Just as WGU students participate in a unique online learning experience, the university also boasts a unique alumni community. You’ll be able to participate in the online Alumni Communities, which support new graduates in their career pursuits.
This professional community is a place where graduates share with their peers their experiences, practices, news, and success strategies. Graduates also seek advice and counseling, share job opportunities, and connect with each other in other meaningful ways. You’ll be able to interact with fellow alumni and receive continuing support from assigned WGU alumni mentors.
Career Assistance and Resources
The Tools to Get You on the Right Track
WGU provides career assistance and resources to graduates and students. Career and Professional Development Specialists are available to assist students and graduates develop a career plan, implement job search strategies, and assist with the creation of marketing tools such as resumes, cover letters, and social media profiles. Additionally, students and graduates have exclusive 24/7 self-service access to professional career resources, such as resume development and practice interview software, self-assessments, and job banks. Live and recorded webinars are also available on a variety of popular career and job search topics.
The WGU Career and Professional Development Center provides resources on:
- Resumes and cover letters
- Interview preparation
- Job boards
- Occupational and industry research
- Career exploration and self-assessment
- Professional development
Profile of WGU Graduates
WGU graduates are better suited and prepared for their chosen fields. Our graduates are:
- Mature, strong independent learners.
- Competent professionals with hands-on experience.
- Highly qualified teachers who have earned notable recognitions: Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year, and Paraprofessional of the Year.
- Employed in diverse fields, including City and State Government Agencies, Financial Institutions, and Non-Profit Organizations.
- MBA executives working for Fortune 500 companies including HP, John Deere, Cisco, and AT&T.
- Entrepreneurs and business owners.
Career & Professional Development Assistance and Resources
Whether you are established in your career, new to your field, or currently seeking employment, WGU’s Career and Professional Development Center has something for you! The WGU Career and Professional Development Center offers convenient, comprehensive resources – both on the web and off the web – to assist you at every stage of your career.
What Employers Say about WGU Graduates
"Google has pioneered the idea of access to information. The reason Google thinks WGU is such a good idea is because WGU has pioneered the concept of competency-based education whenever you want it."
- Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, Inc.
WGU graduates are highly valued by employers. The results of a survey of employers who have hired WGU graduates returned some fantastic results.
Highlights of our Employer Satisfaction Survey
(2015 Survey of Employers by Harris Poll)
- 98% said that WGU graduates meet or exceed expectations; 92% said WGU graduates exceed expectations.
- 94% rated the “soft skills” of WGU graduates as equal to or better than graduates from other institutions.
- 93% rated WGU graduates’ job performance as very good or excellent.
- 100% said that their WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs.
Learn more You can learn more by exploring our Student Success and Performance Data.
What Employers Say About WGU Graduates
Our competency-based approach to education is highly respected by employers. Our employer case studies prove it. Employer satisfaction in WGU graduates as employees and their preparation for the workforce is extremely high.
"As I neared completion I found out that as alumni I would be assigned another mentor who would assist me after graduation. How great is that!"
- Fay Ulett
Graduate, College of Business