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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will present a program of patriotic music for Weber State College's 101st commencement exercises June 9.

Approximately 2,300 students, one of the largest classes in the college's history, will receive diplomas during the graduation ceremonies at 6 p.m. in the Dee Events Center. The processional begins at 5:40 p.m.The choir will replace the traditional commencement address, college officials said.

Six honorary doctorate of humanities degrees and three posthumous degrees will be conferred during the exercises.

"It's appropriate during our centennial year that we honor some of the great individuals who have given so much to this institution. We thank these men and women who have made major contributions to Weber State and to the community," said WSC President Stephen D. Nadauld.

Recipients of the honorary doctorates are:

-Robert A. Clark, retired WSC math and physics instructor who in 1940 was appointed chairman of WSC's technical division. He spent 20 years as dean of faculty and in 1967 was named administrative vice president.

-James R. Foulger, WSC chief financial officer from 1948 to 1980, when he retired as vice president for business affairs. He was treasurer of the Institutional Council, the College Development Board and the Alumni Association and chairman of the Dee Events Center Board.

-John S. Hinckley, president and manager of Hinckley Dodge, Ogden, who is chairman of the WSC 1989 Centennial Fund Drive, which to date has raised more than $14.5 million. He has been president and a member of the executive committee of the Utah and National Automobile Dealers Associations.

-Blanche Browning Rich, widow of the late Junior Edward Rich, an Ogden physician. She has made sizable contributions to WSC, Utah State University, the University of Utah, Dixie College, the Utah Symphony and McKay-Dee Hospital. She also has funded the annual Ogden School Spring Arts Festival.

-Merlon Stevenson, who retired in 1964 after 43 years of service at WSC. He became dean of instruction in 1936, was chairman of the math and physical science division for 10 years and was head football coach, during which the Wildcats won the Rocky Mountain Junior College football title in 1924.

-Orson W. Young, professor of zoology from 1933 to 1973 and now emeritus professor at the college, where he helped move the institution from junior college status to a four-year program.

Posthumous honor recipients are:

-Lewis W. Shurtliff, president of the college's first board of education from 1888 to 1908 and vice president until 1922 and credited with helping found the institution. He mortgaged his home and other property to see the college through financial crisis.

-Louis F. Moench, the college's first principal from 1889 to 1892 and 1894 to 1902. He directed the school through its beginning and saw the college move to its first permanent campus.

-Henry Aldous Dixon, who was president of the college from 1919 to 1920 and from 1937 to 1953. Under his leadership, enrollment more than tripled, curriculum grew and a technical program was instituted that shaped the college's future. He lead an effort for four-year status, secured a new campus site and saw construction of the first buildings on the present campus.