Did you know that nearly 3,000 鶹ý students are expected to receive diplomas during Academic Year 2024?

May 22, 2024

Did you know that nearly 3,000 鶹ý students are expected to receive diplomas during Academic Year 2024?

Congratulations! 鶹ýA, 鶹ýF, and 鶹ýS campuses have been holding commencement ceremonies to honor the hard work and dedication of the Class of 2024 (鶹ýA hosts an additional Fall Commencement Ceremony in December as well). 

  • 1 Big Thing: Between the three universities and their community campuses, preliminary data shows that 2,957 students have applied for graduation this academic year after completing certificate, associate, bachelor’s, and post-bachelor’s programs. 

Why it Matters: Graduation is a significant personal achievement for each individual student who completes a degree or certificate. It’s a testament to their hard work, and the critical role 鶹ý graduates play in and Alaska’s workforce. The Class of 2024 joins the more than 100,000 graduates and former students who make up 鶹ý alumni.

  • Retaining Alaskans: 鶹ý graduates are far more likely to stay in Alaska than students who graduate from Lower 48 institutions.
  • Education pays: graduates from 鶹ý programs have much higher earning power and potential than those without college degrees.
  • ’s broad range of programs and flexibility of offerings meet students where they are—academically, geographically, culturally, and financially.

By the Numbers: At 鶹ýA, 1,443 graduation applications were received for Academic Year 2024 (504 for Fall 2023, 939 for Spring 2024). 鶹ýF expects 1,031 individuals to receive a degree or certificate. And for 鶹ýS, 483 students are expected to be a part of the Class of 2024.

  • Key Statistic: Since 2011, 26,948 students have graduated from 鶹ý programs relevant to the state’s high-demand industries, and nearly 80% of those graduates are employed in Alaska within a year after graduating.

The Bottom Line: It’s time for celebration - Congratulations to the 鶹ý Class of 2024!!


For Further Reading: A few more highlights from the fortnight of graduation celebrations across the system this month.

鶹ý Anchorage:

  • (via Anchorage Daily News)
  • (via Alaska Public Media)
  • (via 鶹ýr News)
  • (鶹ýA)

鶹ý Fairbanks:

  • (via Fairbanks Daily New-Miner)
  • (鶹ýF)
  • (鶹ýF)

鶹ý Southeast:

  • (via Juneau Empire)
  • (via Ketchikan Daily News)
  • (鶹ýS)