The University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau is planning to award 349 degrees, certificates and occupational endorsements in May. That’s 60 more than the previous year. The graduation ceremonies will recognize students who finished their programs during the Summer and Fall of 2012 and in the Spring of 2013.
The Ketchikan and Sitka campuses will each be awarding 18 and 25 respectively.
UAS’s graduation weekend starts Friday, May 3 in Sitka and moves to Ketchikan on Saturday, May 4. Juneau’s ceremony will be held the next day on Sunday, May 5.
The University of Alaska system plans to hand out about 4,400 total degrees, certificates and endorsements this spring.
UA, in a news release, says it’s seen a steady increase in numbers over the past five years.
UA says there’s growing demand from parents and students to know how much earning a degree will cost. UA has a program aimed at educating students on the benefit of graduating in fewer years for less money, but says that requires students pick programs or majors early and stick with them.
UA also says it’s working with Alaska high schools and helping develop a database to track students so that any concerns can be addressed before they graduate.
- The partnerships are racing to clean up as much of the stuff as possible by 2020 when federal funding for the projects is scheduled to run out.
- Some Republicans in Congress say they could partly fix the federal health law by again separating people who buy insurance into two categories — sick and healthy. Critics say it won't save money.
- A federal appeals court ruled that part of the state's "Docs vs. Glocks" law limiting what doctors can ask patients about guns in the home violates the First Amendment right to free speech.
- The Washington-based political strategist has worked on several Alaska campaigns could be in line to be President Donald Trump's communications director. The Wall Street Journal and other national news outlets are reporting that Mike Dubke is about to be named to the post.