Bridgepoint Education's University of the Rockies Graduates Largest Class in School's History

University of the Rockies, an academic institution owned by Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI) and a graduate school specializing in the social and behavioral sciences, held its largest-ever graduation ceremony on Saturday, August 20.

The ceremony honored 312 students who collectively earned 19 doctorate degrees and 293 master’s degrees in psychology. 

“It is exciting to see our online and campus students celebrate the milestone of graduation together,” said Dr. Charlita Shelton, president of University of the Rockies. “All of our students have worked diligently to earn their degrees, and it is an honor to present a hard-earned diploma to each of them.”

Commencement exercises are held once a calendar year for University of the Rockies and this year’s ceremony was the second to include online graduates from the University. 

The keynote address was delivered by Brigadier General Dana Born, dean of faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Born is an alumna of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a degree in behavioral sciences. She later completed master’s degrees in both experimental and research psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in industrial and organizational psychology.

Related graduation events included an induction ceremony for Golden Key National Honour Society members and an alumni dinner on Friday, August 19.


About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education’s postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in such disciplines as business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education’s regionally accredited academic institutions – Ashford University and University of the Rockies – deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.668.2580.

About University of the Rockies

University of the Rockies is a graduate school specializing in master's and doctorate degree programs in the social and behavioral sciences. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (, classes are offered online and at the University's Colorado Springs, Colorado, campus. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 866.621.0124 x2513.