SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Two local residents have earned degrees from Western Governors University. The online, nonprofit university held its commencement ceremonies this year to celebrate the graduation of more than 22,000 students from across the country.

Those graduates from Sheridan were Hailey Knape of Sheridan, who earned her Bachelor of Arts, Special Education, and Morgan Hendrickson, who has earned her Bachelor of Science, Nursing. WGU has recognized 13,244 undergraduate and 8,930 graduate degree recipients, who have completed their degrees in the last six months. Their areas of study include business, K-12 education, information technology, and health professions including nursing. The average time to graduation for those earning a bachelor’s degree was two years four months, while the average time to degree for graduate programs was one year seven months.

WGU pioneered competency-based education, which measures learning rather than time spent in class. Designed to meet the needs of working adults, students study and learn on their own schedules with individualized, one-to-one faculty support. They complete courses as soon as they demonstrate that they have mastered the subject matter; allowing them to move quickly through material they already know so they can allocate time for what they still need to learn. As a result, many WGU students are able to accelerate their studies, saving both time and money.