The University of Wisconsin System saw a record number of students of color graduating in the 2017-18 academic year, leaders announced today.

The number of students of color who graduated at all levels was 4,919. Underrepresented students of color earned 3,770 degrees at all levels in 2017-18 – more than twice the number of degrees conferred to underrepresented students in 2007-08 (1,839). Degrees earned by underrepresented students made up 10.2 percent of all degrees awarded in 2017-18 and 5.7 percent in 2007-08.

“Students and parents recognize that Wisconsin’s public universities are accessible and affordable, and these graduation numbers indicate that UW System faculty and staff are doing a great job helping students progress toward a degree,” said Ray Cross, University of Wisconsin System president, in a statement.

Cross added that the UW System’s $107.5 million funding request for 2019-21 is designed to help institutions expand access, particularly to high-need programs, and enhance practices aimed at assisting students toward graduation.

The University of Wisconsin System saw a record number of graduates in the 2017-18 academic year with a total of 36,825 students at all levels graduated during this timeframe. This was an increase of 13.4 percent over numbers 10 years ago, a UW System news release said.