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On Saturday, Liberty University will surpass 10,000 graduates in one year for the first time.
At Commencement 2011, which begins at 10 a.m. at Arthur L. Williams Stadium, Liberty will honor its 10,930 graduates in front of an estimated crowd of 30,000.
The number of graduates breaks last year’s record of 8,650.
These will be the first graduation exercises to take place at the newly renovated stadium.
“I don’t know how we could have accommodated the crowd if the stadium had not been expanded to 19,200 seats over the last year. Even with the additional seats, the stadium should be packed,” said Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr.
Of this year’s graduates, 78 percent are receiving degrees from Liberty University Online and 22 percent from the residential program.
On Saturday, 5,180 have planned to walk in the ceremony.
Degrees and certifications will be awarded in the following areas:
JD – Juris Doctorate, 90
MAR – Master of Arts in Religion, 484
AA – Associate of Arts, 515
BA – Bachelor of Arts, 143
BM – Bachelor of Music, 29
BS – Bachelor of Science, 4,889
BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 286
DMN – Doctor of Ministry, 36
EDD – Doctor of Education, 52
EDS – Education Specialist, 329
MA – Master of Arts, 2,215
MAT – Master of Arts in Teaching, 320
MBA – Master of Business Administration, 382
MDV – Master of Divinity, 368
MED – Master of Education, 416
MRE – Master of Religious Education, 151
MS – Master of Science, 237
MSN – Master of Science in Nursing, 84
PHD – Doctor of Philosophy, 3
STM – Master of Sacred Theology, 40
THG – Graduate of Theology – Willmington School of the Bible, 33
THM – Master of Theology, 4
Grand Total 11,106*
* This number is higher than the total graduates because some are receiving multiple degrees.