A record number of degrees will be awarded at Utah State University's 103rd commencement on Saturday, June 8.
The 3,400 graduates earned 70 associate, 2,599 bachelor's, 682 master's and 76 doctorate degrees.Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and will be broadcast across the state on Utah Public Radio (KUSU), 96.7 FM in the Salt Lake Valley.
Spencer F. Eccles, chairman and chief executive officer of First Security Corp., will give the keynote address and receive one of five honorary doctorates, to be presented by USU President George Emert.
Other events during the commencement weekend will include a hooding ceremony on Friday, June 7, to honor master's and doctoral degree candidates. It will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall.
Individual college ceremonies for other degree candidates will take place the following afternoon at various locations across campus.
The academic procession for the commencement exercises will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Taggart Student Center. The times and locations for various college graduations (all at noon): College of Family Life, Kent Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center; College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Spectrum; College of Natural Resources, Morgan Theater, Fine Arts Center; and College of Science, Sunburst Lounge, Taggart Student Center.
Two graduation ceremonies will start at 2 p.m. They are the College of Agriculture, Kent Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center, and the College of Business, in the Spectrum. Exercises for the College of Education will be in the Spectrum, while graduation for the College of Engineering will be held in Kent Concert Hall of the Chase Fine Arts Center. Both are at 4 p.m.
An alumni graduation picnic will run from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the HPER (Health, Physical Education and Recreation) Field. Tickets are required. An alumni reception is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the David B. Haight Alumni Center.