WSU Commencement Ceremonies Celebrate Class of 2011

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University officials are expecting the Class of 2011 to total more than 3,633 graduates. More than 2,322 candidates for graduation this spring will be honored April 22 during WSU’s 137th commencement. An additional 1,311 members of the Class of 2011 received their degrees in conjunction with the university’s winter commencement last December.

Following a change in the academic calendar, WSU’s spring commencement is 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.   

“The weather might be a bit more unpredictable in late April, but the spirit of achievement and celebration will shine through,” said Marsha Richter, commencement chair. 

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 will be held April 22 in the Dee Events Center. An academic processional will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the formal program. Michael O. Leavitt, former Utah governor and Health and Human Services secretary under President George W. Bush, will deliver the keynote address and will be awarded an honorary degree. Other honorary degree recipients are: Mac Christensen, Orluff Opheikens and Robert Smith. The student graduate speaker will be Amy Mayo Townsley of South Ogden, Utah, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English, creative writing, and a minor in theatre arts.

The 2011 WSU Presidential Distinguished Professors also will be honored during the program. This year’s recipients are anthropology professor Brooke Arkush, English professor Judy Elsley, and music professor Yu-Jane Yang.

“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 the Shepherd Union Ballroom.

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 22. 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 degree and basking in their accomplishments,” Richter said.

WSU's business school and six academic colleges will hold individual convocations April 22 at various locations. Refer to the attached schedule for exact times and locations.

The commencement ceremony can be viewed by April 29 on Weber State’s YouTube channel at On April 29, 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 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 22. 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.

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Weber State University College Convocation Schedule for April 22, 2011

8:00 A.M.

WSU Main Commencement Ceremony  Dee Events Center


10:30 A.M.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences……………… Dee Events Center
John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics…. Browning Center Austad Auditorium
College of Science………………………………………. Shepherd Union Ballroom
Bachelor of Integrated Studies…………………….…… Browning Center Allred Theater

12:30 P.M.

College of Applied Science & Technology……………. Dee Events Center
Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education…………... Browning Center Austad Auditorium
General Studies Associates……………………………. Shepherd Union Ballroom

2:30 P.M.

Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions……. Dee Events Center
Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities……… Browning Center Austad Auditorium

4:30 P.M.

Putting Student Through Program……............................... Shepherd Union Ballroom

Marsha Richter, commencement chair
801-626-6573 •
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 •