Thousands to walk at Weber State’s 160th commencement

OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University is honoring the class of 2023 during its 160th commencement ceremony April 28 beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by ceremonies for each college throughout the day. 

The university expects 3,442 students to graduate from among its seven academic colleges, representing arts to the sciences, associate’s degrees to doctorates. 

“This is always a fantastic day at Weber State, watching students take those final steps across the stage to get their degree, and I find myself celebrating right alongside them,” said WSU President Brad Mortensen. “Whether they’re staying at Weber to earn a higher degree or transitioning to the workforce, these graduates have proven their brilliance and I couldn't be prouder.”

A graduate photographed from behind with a bejeweled graduation cap at an outdoor ceremonyMortensen said he’s excited for graduation day as president — and this time he’ll also be cheering as one of the many proud parents in attendance, as his son gets an associate’s degree and his daughter earns her bachelor’s from WSU.

This year’s commencement speaker is Steve Starks, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Company. Starks is a WSU alum who was recently appointed to the Utah Board of Higher Education. He also serves as the governor’s Olympic and Paralympic Advisor and chair of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.

The most popular majors this year are nursing, psychological science, criminal justice, communication, computer science and professional sales. 

“It feels so surreal to actually be graduating this semester,” said communication student Chelsea Ann Baxa. “Most of my college years were online due to the pandemic, but I still enjoyed every moment of it. Weber State has provided me with valuable work experience that has prepared me for my future.” 

Ceremonies for each college will be held throughout the day, primarily at the Val A. Browning Center and the Dee Events Center. Each will be held in person with an option to watch online, with times and locations available on the graduation webpage.

No tickets are required and parking is free, but seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Graduates who need special accommodations should contact Disability Services at 801-626-6413.


Bryan Magaña, public relations director