OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University officials are expecting more than 1,447 candidates for graduation this December. WSU will award degrees and institutional certificates on Dec. 14, during its 140th commencement ceremony at the Dee Events Center. Commencement exercises begin at 1 p.m.
Unlike the university’s spring commencement, when individual convocations are conducted separately from the main program, WSU’s business school and six academic colleges will confer all degrees and certificates during this one inclusive ceremony.
All graduates attending the commencement ceremony will receive a commemorative medallion in recognition of their accomplishment. The medallions will be presented only to graduates in attendance at the commencement exercise.
“Putting Student Through,” a program honoring parents, spouses and friends of graduates, will precede the ceremony at 9 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom.
Utah native and sole owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, Gail Miller, will deliver the keynote commencement address and will be awarded an honorary degree. The student graduate speaker will be Zachary Jones, an Ogden resident who is earning his bachelor’s degree in English.
Guest tickets are not required for the commencement ceremonies. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. ASL interpreting services will be available in Section S at the base of Portal 17. Disability access at the Dee Events Center is available at the east and north entrances.
Parking on campus will be free throughout the day Dec. 14. Shuttle bus service will pick up passengers at the southeast corner of the Stewart Library and transport them to the east entrance of the Dee Events Center. The shuttle will operate 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the day of commencement and will operate every 10 minutes during peak hours.
The commencement ceremony can be viewed by Dec. 20 on WSU’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/weberstateu. On Jan. 7, 2013 DVD copies of graduation will be available for $3 at the Weber State University Bookstore. DVDs may be pre-ordered by logging into bookstore.weber.edu and selecting the appropriate link under Featured Items.
WSU began holding winter commencement in 1996 because of the closure of the
Val A. Browning Center for major renovations. In 1999, the university’s Board of
Trustees decided to make the semi-annual ceremony a permanent event.