For the School of Information Studies (iSchool), 2016 was another “super-sized” year in terms of the number of students graduating and the number of degrees and certificates awarded at Convocation.

The iSchool conferred a total of nearly 770 individual degrees and certificates of advanced study to students in all of its curriculums in two convocation ceremonies today. That number includes 224 undergraduate degrees, 341 graduate degrees, and 204 certificates of advanced study.

That magnitude of student achievement wasn’t lost on the faculty and leadership of the school, said Jeffrey Stanton, interim dean, who led the day’s ceremonies. In his address to a sea of proud students and their families and friends attending undergraduate and graduate events, he welcomed the parents, siblings, and friends of graduates. He noted that the audience was all there to honor “our terrific, prolific, scientific, artistic, analytical, digital, and unequivocally awesome group of graduating students.”

“For many decades, the iSchool has been the place to experience the fast-moving field of information,” Stanton said. Noting that the iSchool is “the original information school,” he added that today’s graduates “are joining a dynamic community of experts who are involved in some of the most exciting and pioneering information innovation anywhere in the world.” Dr. Stanton added the recognition that “our students and faculty dedicate themselves daily to developing skills for managing information, for creating unique information services, for understanding the international regulation of information, and for controlling the technology that makes our information-rich society possible.”

In 2016, the School awarded these degrees and certificates:

Doctoral Degrees

Masters Degrees

  • 221 master of science degrees (MS) were awarded in information management
  • 17 students earned the MS executive education degree in information management
  • 10 students were awarded the MS degree in telecommunications and network management
  • 67 graduates earned the MS degree in library and information science
  • 18 earned the library and information science degree with school media specialization

Certificates of Advanced Study (CAS)

Of the total 204 graduate certificates conferred this year:

  • 158 students received certificates for their studies in data science
  • 8 students received the CAS in cultural heritage preservation
  • 2 earned the CAS in digital libraries
  • 4 were awarded the CAS in global enterprise technology
  • 27 students received certificates in information security management
  • 4 were awarded the CAS in information systems and telecommunications management
  • 1 student earned the CAS in information innovation/social media

Undergraduate Degrees