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BYU Education Week celebrates 100 years of instruction and learning

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People attending BYU Education Week walk the sidewalks of BYU’s campus after listening to Elder Richard G. Scott at the Marriott Center in 2007.

People attending BYU Education Week walk the sidewalks of BYU’s campus after listening to Elder Richard G. Scott at the Marriott Center in 2007. This year BYU Education Week is celebrating 100 years.

Mike Terry, Deseret News

BYU Education Week is celebrating a special milestone this year — 100 years of providing educational experiences for lifelong learners at Brigham Young University’s Provo campus.

The five-day event, scheduled for Aug. 15-19, will feature close to 1,000 classes taught by hundreds of presenters on a wide range of topics, including sessions taught by church leaders and a devotional with a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Crowds come and go to classes at BYU’s Campus Education Week on Aug. 16, 2005.

Crowds come and go to classes at BYU’s Campus Education Week on Aug. 16, 2005. BYU Education Week is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

The theme for 2022 BYU Education Week is “Of Things Both in Heaven and in the Earth,” from Latter-day Saint scripture’s Doctrine and Covenants, section 88, verse 79.

This year’s theme was selected to commemorate the program’s 100th anniversary and the diversity of learning that has been available through the years, organizers wrote in the 2022 BYU Education Week guide.

“Education Week presentations continue to be designed for youth and adults, women and men, single and married individuals, with classes available in a great variety — gospel principles, the arts, family and marriage relationships, finance, personal development, technology, health and many others,” the guide said. “You have an opportunity to learn much that will motivate, encourage, strengthen and rejuvenate. We are confident that as you attend the program and benefit from the resources and atmosphere of Brigham Young University, you will have a rewarding and uplifting experience.”

Registration information is found at educationweek.byu.edu.

Participants attend a class at BYU Education Week.

Participants at BYU’s Education Week attend a class given by Daniel C. Peterson a professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University. BYU Education Week is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

BYU Education Week highlights, events for 2022

A student takes notes during a BYU Education Week devotional.

Emma Westbrook (center) writes down notes during a BYU Education Week devotional in 2009. BYU Education Week is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

Timeline of BYU Education Week

  • BYU Education Week began as “Leadership Week” in January 1922 with the purpose of providing spiritual and academic training to leaders in various lines of community and church leadership.
  • Organizers began charging participants a $1 participation fee in 1955.
  • Classes for youth, ages 14-18, began in 1958.
  • Leadership Week continued on an annual basis until 1962, with the exception of 1942-47 and 1949.
  • The program’s name was changed to Education Week in 1963 due to a shift in the nature of courses offered and the ability of the public to attend by that time.
  • In the spring of 1972, Education Week programs were placed under the sponsorship of the Division of Continuing Education in the Church Educational System.
  • Education Week was moved to August in 1973 to accommodate a new semester calendar for BYU.
  • Sponsorship for Education Week was transferred to BYU’s Division of Continuing Education in April 2008.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Education Week was revamped to create an online format.
  • In recent years, thousands from all over the United States and many foreign countries have flocked to BYU campus to attend Education Week.