WSU Commencement Ceremonies Celebrate Class of 2008

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University officials are expecting the Class of 2008 to total more than 3,356 graduates. More than 2,085 candidates for graduation this spring will be honored May 2 during WSU’s 131st commencement. An additional 1,271 members of the Class of 2008 received their degrees in conjunction with the university’s winter commencement last December.

This year’s commencement activities will all take place on the same day, unlike recent years when the general commencement ceremony was held the evening prior to the college convocations.

“Holding the main ceremony on the same day as the convocations better accommodates our graduates and their families,” 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 accomplishment. 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 May 2 in the Dee Events Center. An academic processional will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the formal program. The Right Reverend Carolyn Tanner Irish, will deliver the keynote address and will be awarded an honorary degree. Other honorary degree recipients are: H. DeWayne Ashmead, Candadai Seshachari, and Jean Anne Waterstradt. The student graduate speaker will be Cynthia Loveland, of South Ogden, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English with a creative writing emphasis and a minor in professional and technical writing.

The 2008 WSU Presidential Distinguished Professors also will be honored during the program. This year’s recipients are physics professor Brad Carroll and business administration professor Brian Davis.

“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 Wildcat Theater.

A lunch/brunch will be served in the Shepherd Union Atrium from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 2. Graduates will receive two complimentary tickets to the meal. Additional tickets may be purchased in advance for $8 each at the Shepherd Union Building Information Desk.

“We hope that our graduates and their families will spend the day on campus, celebrating their degree and basking in their accomplishment,” Richter said.

WSU's business school and six academic colleges will hold individual convocations May 2 at various locations. Refer to the attached schedule for exact times and locations.

The general commencement program will be rebroadcast on KUED (Channel 7) May 10 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The event will be streamed live via the Web at

Parking will be free of charge throughout the day on May 2. Campus shuttle buses will be running between the Dee Events Center and the main campus all day.

ASL services will be available in seating section S at the base of portal 17.

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Weber State University College Convocation Schedule for May 2, 2008

8:00 A.M.

WSU Main Commencement Ceremony.................Dee Events Center


10:30 A.M.

College of Applied Science & Technology ..... ............Dee Events Center
John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics ....Browning Center Austad Auditorium
College of Science ..................................................Shepherd Union Ballroom

12:30 P.M.

Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions.....Dee Events Center
Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education ..................Browning Center Austad Auditorium
General Education Associates ....................................Shepherd Union Ballroom

2:30 P.M.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences ....... Dee Events Center
College of Arts & Humanities/BIS ................. Browning Center Austad Auditorium

4:30 P.M.

Putting Student Through Program ..................Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater


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