The University of Florida’s graduate education activities can be traced to the earliest years of the institution, in its original Lake City location. The first graduate degrees (two Master of Arts degrees, in English) were awarded in 1906. The first Master of Science degree (in Entomology) was granted in 1908. Programs leading to the PhD were approved in 1930. The growth, and current magnitude of graduate education from those modest beginnings has been nothing short of astounding. In the past decade or so, the University has conferred about 50,000 graduate degrees in more than 150 fields of study. Of those, almost 7,000 were PhDs.