Graduation by the Numbers

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Oakwood University hosted its 2019 Commencement Exercises, May 9-11, for 328 of the brightest students in the world who entered to learn, and have now departed to serve. Honorary doctoral degrees (Doctor of Humane Letters) were awarded to Mrs. Lois Peters and Elder Ed Zinke. An additional four “guest” graduates participated in the Commencement ceremony on Saturday night. Guest graduates are defined as those who chose not to march at their respective institutions because of Sabbath observance and other scheduling concerns.
Here are some of the statistics about the Class of 2019:  

  • Oldest graduate  69 years old
  • Youngest graduate 20 years old
  • Female 193
  • Male 135

Highest GPA 4.00 – Jeffrey Otieno   Graduate Honors

  • Summa Cum Laude 9
  • Magna Cum Laude 18
  • Cum Laude 50
  • Honorable Mention 50


  • School of Arts & Sciences 123
  • School of Business 112
  • School of Nursing & Health Professions 84
  • School of Education & Social Sciences 42
  • School of Religion 34

Top Majors

  • General Studies 51
  • Dietetic Internship 31
  • Biology 29
  • Organizational Management 18
  • Nursing 18
  • Ministerial Theology 17

Specialty Degrees

  • Masters – 10
  • Adult & Continuing Education (LEAP) – 52

Number of Graduates — top five states

  • Alabama 120
  • California 42
  • Florida 32
  • Georgia 32
  • New York 29

Countries of Origin

  • Antigua
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Canada
  • England
  • France
  • Haiti
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Trinidad
  • United States of America
  • Virgin Islands 

  Relive the excitement of the graduating class, their family and friends, by watching the archived Commencement ceremony.

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The mission of Oakwood University, a historically black, Seventh-day Adventist institution, is to transform students through biblically-based education for service to God and humanity.