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The following local residents have earned a degree from Western Governors University. The online, nonprofit university has graduated over 178,000 students from across the country since its inception in 1997.

Angela Lewis of Cave Creek earned an MBA, health care management degree.

Angelique Morgan of Cave Creek earned a Bachelor of Science, accounting degree.

Eric Brinkman of North Phoenix earned a Bachelor of Science, cybersecurity and information assurance degree.

Kevin Lawler of North Phoenix earned a Bachelor of Science, accounting degree.

Valerie Nies of Scottsdale earned a Bachelor of Science, nursing degree.

Nechelle Wimmer of Scottsdale earned a Bachelor of Science, nursing degree.

Since January 2, WGU has awarded 6,313 undergraduate and 4,975 graduate degrees. Graduates’ 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, three months, while the average time for graduate programs was one year, six months. The average age of those who graduated is 38 years old.

Seth Allen of Anthem graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska.

Chadron State College, which was founded in 1911, is the only four-year, regionally accredited college in the western half of Nebraska. As a public institution with its roots in teacher education, Chadron State takes pride in its accessibility and affordability. Nearly 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and online students attend Chadron State, and its curriculum has grown to offer programs and courses in more than 50 majors and endorsements and eight master’s degree programs.

Charles Sharpe of Phoenix was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Sharpe was initiated at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Sharpe is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10% of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann, who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. The society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines.

Jacob Esparza of Cave Creek made the dean’s list at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for the fall semester. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Esparza will graduate from the Manchester, New Hampshire, campus in 2020. The dean’s list recognizes those students with a full-time course load who have achieved outstanding scholarship with a 3.5 GPA or higher for the academic term.