Almost 9,597 new Charterholders

This is the press release from CFA. “Those who passed the Level III exam – 9,597 candidates − will begin receiving their CFA charters in early October 2009…” "CFA Institute expects that the majority of those candidates who passed the Level III exam will become CFA charterholders later this year, bringing the number of charterholders worldwide to nearly 90,000. " I think the timeline is… 1) See CFA charter after your name online around Sept 18th. 2) Get CFA charter award letters early October. 3) Charter award ceremonies of different societies in Nov-Dec.

Is this number greater than the entire worldwide graduating class of MBA’s this year?