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President Henry B. Eyring speaks with a young girl from the temple district during the cornerstone ceremony for the Hartford Connecticut Temple on Sunday, Nov. 20.

Utah Valley University will welcome President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the speaker for its May commencement ceremony, the school announced Wednesday.

“President Eyring has devoted his life to the search for knowledge and is well-respected both as an academician and humble spiritual leader,” the school’s president, Matthew Holland, said in a press release. “We are honored to welcome him as our commencement speaker, and we look forward to the insights he will share.”

The ceremony will be held in the university’s UCCU Center and will begin at 6:30 p.m. on May 4, 2017.

In the press release, the school highlights President Eyring’s “academic accomplishments,” including his time as president of Ricks College from 1971 to 1977, as well as his master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard Business School.

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