Thirty-one of the 2009 Fort Hays State University Virtual College graduates -- from as far away as Japan and Hong Kong -- will attend two pre-Commencement events in Hays in preparation for walking the stage at Commencement, May 16.
All completed their degree programs online through the Virtual College.
Twelve of the graduates will attend a focus group at Thirsty's on Friday, May 15, and a total of 66 graduates with their family members and guests have registered for a breakfast at the Robbins Center, home of the FHSU Alumni Association and the FHSU Foundation, on Saturday, May 16.
During the two events, graduates will have the opportunity to meet their instructors and with administrators from the university. This is the sixth year the breakfast has been held, and it is expected to be the largest.
Of the almost 2,400 graduates this spring -- from summer 2008, fall 2008 and spring 2009 -- there are 416 domestic students and more than 700 international students who took their courses through FHSU's Virtual College.
"These numbers demonstrate how FHSU's Virtual College is the most successful online program in the Kansas Board of Regents system," said Dennis King, director of the Virtual College and learning technologies.
Attending graduates who have agreed to the release of their names are listed, with their degrees, by hometown:
CONYERS, Ga.: Phil G. Petty, B.S. in organizational leadership.
DERBY: Doris Vigil, Bachelor of General Studies, emphasis in child development.
GODDARD: Tammy Gene Carlyle, B.S. in organizational leadership.
HARDESTY, Okla.: Cheryl Lynne Eldridge, M.S. in education.
KAKEGAWA, Japan: Gene S. Wheeler, Master of Liberal Studies, emphasis in English.
KING GEORGE, Va.: Jason C. Green, through the Navy program, Bachelor of General Studies, emphasis in mechanical and electrical technology.
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo.: Joanne Marie Fuchs, Master of Liberal Studies, emphasis in instructional science.
McPHERSON: Sheldon W. Anderson, B.S. in information networking and telecommunications, concentration in Web development.
NASHVILLE, Kan.: Joyce Depenbusch, Master of Liberal Studies, emphasis in English as a second language.
OBERLIN: Jonathan C. Fick, Bachelor of General Studies, emphasis in business.
PLAINFIELD, Wis.: Joseph H. Bergeon, Bachelor of General Studies, emphasis in health promotion.
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark.: Erin Elizabeth Farmer, Bachelor of General Studies, emphasis in human services.
TRIBUNE: Phillip A. Sill, M.A. in history.