Western Governors University holds summer commencement

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SALT LAKE CITY -- College students from around the country received their degrees in Utah Saturday.

The Western Governors University awarded 891 bachelors and masters degrees at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City.

WGU students earn their degrees entirely online, but close to 130 graduates participated in the university's 17th commencement ceremony.

"Western Governors had everything I needed to be flexible with my son, work full time and get an education at the same time. It just fit me perfectly," said graduate Ravonda Hardy.

Dr. Samuel H. Smith, president emeritus of Washington State University, delivered the commencement address.

WGU was founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors. Saturday's graduating class was the largest to date.

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