Kings Beach resident Elisabeth Wilder earns degree from Kaplan University |

Kings Beach resident Elisabeth Wilder earns degree from Kaplan University

Former Secretary of State General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) delivers commencement address to online students during live ceremony in Miami.

MIAMI and#8212; Elisabeth Wilder of Kings Beach has been awarded a Master of Arts degree in Teacher Education from Kaplan University. Wilderand#8217;s accomplishment was celebrated during a live graduation ceremony on Jan. 30 in Miami, Fla. General Colin L. Powell, the 65th Secretary of State and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, served as the commencement speaker.

and#8220;You can improve yourselves using the incredible power of this revolution [in online education] and#8230;Itand#8217;s how Kaplan University has grown and continues to grow. This revolution will speed through this country because of its effectiveness and power,and#8221; Gen. Powell told the graduates during the ceremony at the James L. Knight International Center in Miami. and#8220;Today celebrate your achievements; tomorrow get back online and determine what you are going to do next.and#8221;

The Kaplan University winter 2010 class of more than 3,300 students earned their associateand#8217;s, bachelorand#8217;s and masterand#8217;s degrees and#8212; as well as professional certificates and#8212; completely online. Many of them traveled from around the country and the world to attend the ceremony, meeting face-to-face for the first time.

About Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. Based in Davenport, Iowa, the University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Kaplan University offers more than 125 academic programs and serves more than 63,000 online and campus-based students. To learn more about Kaplan University, visit

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