MINNEAPOLIS , September 15, 2009


Fall isn't just back to school time as the University of Phoenix Minneapolis Campus confers 221 degrees to graduating students. Unlike most graduation ceremonies, the majority of University of Phoenix graduates are older and work full time jobs. At this ceremony, the parents are often the ones in the spotlight as their children are cheering from the audience.

This year's ceremony will feature Congressman John Kline as commencement speaker. John was elected to represent the suburbs and rural counties south of Minnesota's Twin Cities (the Second District) in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, and was re-elected to a fourth term in 2008.

During this time, John has established himself as one of Congress's foremost experts on defense and veterans issues, a conservative voice on tax and budget policy, an advocate for education and a champion for helping America become more energy independent.


Recognition will be awarded to the graduates for their growth and achievement in a wide array of degrees, with more than 200 students graduating:

  • 221 degrees will be conferred


  • 59 Associate's Degrees


  • 100 Bachelor's Degrees


  • 60 Master's Degrees


  • 2 Doctoral Degrees



11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 19


Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. During the quarter ending May 31, 2009, 420,700 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.


Tia Krultz
Cramer Krasselt for University of Phoenix