Commencement Celebrates Class of 2013

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University officials are expecting the Class of 2013 to total more than ­­­­­­ 4,327 graduates. More than ­­­­ 2,889 candidates for graduation this spring will be honored April 26 during WSU’s 141st commencement.

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., former Utah governor and current chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, will deliver the keynote address and will be awarded an honorary degree.

“The world is full of opportunities for our graduates,” said Beverly Rudd, WSU’s director of special events. “Commencement is our opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and pay tribute to their success.”

Graduates attending commencement in the Dee Events Center will receive a commemorative medallion to recognize their achievements. The ceremony’s academic processional will begin at 8 a.m. followed by the formal program and keynote address.

At the ceremony, Huntsman and three others will receive honorary degrees: Sid W. Foulger, raised in Ogden, is chairman of the board of Foulger-Pratt, one of the District of Columbia region’s most experienced and diverse construction, development and management companies. Karen Lofgreen is a WSU emerita professor of teacher education, where she served as a faculty member for 27 years. Beverley Taylor Sorenson is a tireless advocate for quality arts education in Utah and founder of Art Works for Kids.

The 2013 Brady Presidential Distinguished Professors also will be honored during the ceremony. This year’s recipients are: English professor Hal Crimmel, physics professor Adam Johnston and business administration professor Shane Schvaneveldt.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. April 26, each of WSU’s academic colleges will hold individual convocations at various locations where graduates will receive their diplomas.

Lunch will be served in the Shepherd Union Atrium from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Each graduate will receive two complimentary tickets to the lunch at the time they pick up their caps and gowns. Additional tickets may be purchased for $11 at the cap and gown pickup or the Union Building Information Desk.

“Putting Student Through” is a short program where graduates honor parents, spouses and friends who supported them. It will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Shepherd Union Ballrooms.

“Our graduates and their families will be able to spend the day on campus sharing in the celebration of their degrees and accomplishments,” Rudd said.

By May 3, the commencement ceremony can be viewed on Weber State’s YouTube channel at Also on May 3, 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

Parking will be free throughout the day on April 26. Campus shuttle buses will run between the Dee Events Center and the main campus from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

American Sign Language services will be available in at the Dee Events Center 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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Beverly Rudd, WSU director of special events
801-626-6468 ·

Kelsy Peterson, University Communications
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