Schools and Libraries
April 30, 2021
Kristin Lillie, a resident of Woodstock, has graduated from Western Governors University (WGU) with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education (K-12) and Elementary Education (K-8). Lillie participated in the nonprofit, fully online university’s commencement ceremony in February, where she and thousands of other graduates were recognized and celebrated for their achievements.
Lillie has always had a passion for teaching. Before starting her educational journey with WGU, she served as an instructional aid for 10 years. She saw WGU as an affordable option for furthering her education and progressing her teaching career, and she found success with the university’s competency-based model – which allows students to complete coursework at their own pace and on their own schedule, letting them move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn.
“My experiences and background knowledge in the field helped me complete my degree in 14 months,” she said. “I now have a flexible schedule and enjoy teaching more than ever.”
There were 691 undergraduate and 665 graduate degree recipients from all 50 states and the District of Columbia who participated in the recent commencement ceremony, which was held virtually in place of previously planned in-person celebrations. Approximately 71% of the graduates come from at least one of the following historically underserved populations: first-generation college students, students of color, rural residents, and/or low-income earners. Graduates earned degrees in business, K–12 education, information technology and health professions, including nursing.