This commencement season is particularly special at Queens. The first group of online students earned their degrees. There were 38 graduates in total - 12 receiving a Master of Science in Nursing degree, 13 receiving a Master of Arts in Communications, and 13 receiving a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership.
Since being launched, Queens online programs have been a huge success. There are a lot of great benefits of being an online student, such as smaller class sizes, convenient class schedules and much needed flexibility in order to fit college into an already busy life.
"The biggest worry of online students is that they'll feel disconnected from their professors, classmates and the rest of campus if they don't achieve their college goals in a traditional classroom setting."
- Emily Richardson, dean of the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies
That has not been the case at Queens, and this year's commencement ceremony was a true testament to the connectivity online students feel to each other and the rest of the campus community. On Friday, May 8, 26 of the 38 online students walked the stage with the rest of the graduates and received their diplomas. This was the first time many of them had met their professors and classmates face-to-face.
"The online learning environment helped me form a close-knit bond with my classmates and professors that I've never felt in a traditional classroom setting," said Angela Stalcup '15, Knight School of Communication graduate. "We were all learning in the same environment. We were in it together!"