Salt Lake Community College to honor Herbert, Bishop Burton at commencement

Published: Tuesday, May 7 2013 1:10 p.m. MDT

Utah Governor Gary Herbert (right) shakes hands with Bishop H. David Burton of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (left) after signing a package of Immigration bills Tuesday, March 15, 2011 in the Gold room of the State Capitol. Pamela Atkinson is in the Center of the frame

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

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TAYLORSVILLE — Utah's governor and an emeritus LDS Church general authority will be honored by Salt Lake Community College at its commencement this week.

SLCC will hold its graduation ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Maverik Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City.

The college will present Gov. Gary Herbert and H. David Burton with honorary doctorate degrees. Burton served as presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1995 until 2012.

Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project, will provide the commencement address. A finalist for CNN’s Hero award, Kayongo is an African refugee who founded a nongovernmental organization that recycles gently used soaps — mostly from hotels — and distributes them to areas of need.

The Global Soap Project has distributed new soap in 23 countries to improve health for disaster victims, refugees, and children and mothers living in extreme poverty.

Mabel Langford and Zane Holmquist have been named SLCC’s Distinguished Alumni. Holmquist is executive chef and food and beverage director at Deer Valley’s Stein Eriksen Lodge. Langford is a registered nurse and a founding member and president of the Rotary Club of Hispano-Latinos of Salt Lake City.

Karen Kwan has been named the 2014 SLCC Distinguished Faculty Lecturer.

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