Elder Richard G. Scott counsels BYU graduates

Published: Friday, April 22 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

9. Go to the temple. "Carry a current temple recommend. . . . It will keep you spiritually in tune, will allow you to remember the most important things of life and encourage you to give great service to others."

10. Use the Savior, Jesus Christ as your example for life. "Use His teachings as your handbook for life. Never make exceptions to them. "

As individuals follow these suggestions, they strengthen their foundation of faith and are more able to lead others to do the same.

"Come to know of the great influence for good that flows from individual acts born of conscience and principle rooted in truth," he said. "Resolve that each moment of your life will reflect your determination to humbly be an example of righteousness, integrity and conviction."

Elder Cecil O. Samuelson, BYU President and member of the Seventy, spoke to graduates about the aims of a BYU education, and the importance role it plays in becoming spiritually strengthened, enlarging their intellect and building one's character.

"More than ever, you will be your own teacher and will create your own tests and quizzes," Elder Samuelson said. "Some of what you learned at BYU will be timeless, but other specifics, facts or approaches . . . will change over time and you must be able to keep up ... As your lives become even more demanding and complicated, your integrity and honor will come under ever-increasing attacks. Thus, you must continue to build and strengthen your character upon the already firm foundation of honesty, dependability and reliability."

Other speakers included Chris Feinauer, BYU Alumni Association president, and graduate Paige Crosland Anderson. College convocations were scheduled to be held Friday in various locations on the BYU campus.

BYU Graduation numbers

Total degrees: 6185

Bachelor Degree: 5271

Master Degree: 715

Doctor Degree: 199

December 2010: 1645

Bachelor Degree: 1468

Master Degree: 143

Doctor Degree: 34

April 2011: 4540

Bachelor Degree: 3803

Master Degree: 572

Doctor Degree: 165

Male: 3301 (53.4 percent)

Female: 2884 (46.6 percent)

Oldest student: 73 years old

All 50 states were represented, two territories and 72 other countries

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