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Ashford University Receives 'Friend of Tourism' Award
Clinton Convention and Visitors Bureau Recognizes Local University

During its annual “Toot Your Own Horn” event on May 25, the Clinton Convention and Visitors Bureau presented its “Friend of Tourism” award to Ashford University. 

“Normally, you don’t think of an educational institution as a contributor to a community’s tourism efforts, but there is no doubt that Ashford University attracts large numbers of tourists to the Clinton area,” said master of ceremonies Gary Determan of KROS Radio. “The University’s campus attracts prospective students and their families to town. Concerts and sporting events keep them coming back. Many of their online students, who may have never stepped foot in Clinton, come and bring their families and friends to witness them walk across the stage at graduation.” 

He noted that an estimated 1,000 students and 4,500 guests came to Clinton for Ashford’s spring graduation in April.

“The economic impact of these visitors is extraordinary,” Determan said. “They stay in Clinton’s hotels, eat at our restaurants and shop at our local businesses. The Clinton Herald estimated that one day during their recent graduation would have an impact of $652,527. For this and many other reasons, Ashford University is this year’s ‘Friend of Tourism.” 

About Ashford University

Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.