WSU Commencement Ceremonies Celebrate Class of 2012
OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University officials are expecting the Class of 2012 to total more than 4,000 graduates. More than 2,578 candidates for graduation this spring will be honored April 20 during WSU’s 139th commencement. An additional 1,421 members of the Class of 2012 received their degrees in conjunction with the university’s winter commencement last December.
WSU’s spring commencement occurs a week earlier than other public universities, which means graduates will be entering the workforce a week ahead of many of their peers at other Utah institutions.
“Commencement is the single most important event on our campus,” said Bev Rudd, commencement chair. “Together, we celebrate a sense of accomplishment and achievement, and for our graduates, it’s the first step toward the future.”
All graduates attending the main commencement ceremony at 8 a.m. in the Dee Events Center will receive a commemorative medallion in recognition of their accomplishments. The medallions will only be presented to the graduates during the main commencement exercise and not at the individual college convocations, where students will receive their diplomas.
The main ceremony’s academic processional will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the formal program. Mark W. DeYoung, president and CEO of Alliant Techsystems, Inc. (ATK) and a Weber State alumnus, will deliver the keynote address and will be awarded an honorary degree. Other honorary degree recipients are: Gordon Allred, Paul Favero and Harris Simmons. The student graduate speaker will be Trevor Hicks-Collins of Clearfield, Utah, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in child development.
The 2012 WSU Presidential Distinguished Professors also will be honored during the program. This year’s recipients are radiologic sciences professor Diane M. Kawamura and economics professor John Mukum Mbaku.
“Putting Student Through,” a short program where graduates honor parents, spouses and friends who supported them, will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Shepherd Union Ballroom A.
Following the format established in 2008, this year’s commencement activities will all take place on the same day, rather than splitting events over two days.
A lunch will be served in the Shepherd Union Atrium from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on April 20. Graduates will receive two complimentary tickets to the meal. Additional tickets may be purchased in advance for $9 each at the Shepherd Union Information Desk.
“We hope that our graduates and their families will spend the day on campus, celebrating their degrees and savoring their accomplishments,” Rudd said.
WSU’s business school and six academic colleges will hold individual convocations April 20 at various locations. Refer to the attached schedule for exact times and locations.
The commencement ceremony can be viewed by April 27 on Weber State’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/weberstateu. On April 27, DVD copies of the 8 a.m. main commencement ceremony will be available for purchase for $3 at the Weber State University Bookstore. DVDs may be pre-ordered online at bookstore.weber.edu by selecting the appropriate link under Featured Items.
Guest tickets are not required for the general commencement ceremony or individual convocations. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parking will be free of charge throughout the day on April 20. Campus shuttle buses will run between the Dee Events Center and the main campus from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ASL services will be available in seating section S at the base of portal 17. Students with special needs or accommodations should contact Don Guthrie at 801-626-6856.