Prema Laurence of Idyllwild has received his/her bachelor’s of science degree in business management from Western Governors University. The university held its 27th semi-annual commencement  ceremony in Salt Lake City on July 12 and celebrated the graduation of  more than 5,500 graduates.

Graduates reside  in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, as well as overseas in the Armed Forces.

Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell delivered the commencement  address. Students not able to attend the ceremony in were able to watch the event via live video stream on the WGU website.

Western Governors University is the only university in the U.S. offering  accredited, competency-based bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at  scale. Founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors, WGU has grown to become a  national university with more than 46,000 students and 33,000 graduates in all 50 states.

Recognized by President Obama as an innovative university  that “awards credits based on learning, not seat time,” WGU has been named  one of  Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies for 2013,” and has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” The NBC Nightly News with Brian  Williams, CNN’s “Schools of Thought,” and The New York Times …


Erec VonSeggern, son of Paul and Merrie VonSeggern of Idyllwild, has been named to the 2014 Lawrence University dean’s list for maintaining a 3.4 grade point average or higher for the full 2013-14 academic year. VonSeggern is a 2013 graduate of Hemet High School.

Founded in 1847, Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015 and the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.