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On Saturday 1,129 students will graduate from Southern Oregon University. This is a steady increase from last year.

Posted: Jun 14, 2018 6:27 PM
Updated: Jun 14, 2018 6:32 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- On Saturday 1,129 students will graduate from Southern Oregon University. This is a steady increase from last year. 

This year the three majors with the most undergraduate degrees are business administration, psychology, and criminal justice. The majority of graduate students will be taking home a masters in education.

"Our focus here is to help our students go into fields where there will be jobs waiting for them," says Joe Mosley, Director of Community and Media Relations for Southern Oregon University.

While the school is seeing large numbers leaving, they're also bringing them back in. This year SOU was one of two state schools to see an increase in enrollment. Today SOU told NewsWatch12 this is a promising sign considering colleges across the nation are seeing a decrease in enrollment. 

"We want to be a destination for students, we want them to seek us," says Mosley. 

SOU says it's important to have a steady increase in enrollment, because the school mainly relies on tuition for funding. 

"It helps keep tuition levels down if we have more students," says Mosley. 

Commencement for the class of 2018 will start at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday. You do not need a ticket to attend.

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