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Former U. quarterback Alex Smith, 3 others to receive honorary doctorates

Published: Tuesday, July 28 2015 2:04 p.m. MDT

Utah quarterback Alex Smith answers questions during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, in Salt Lake City.  (Douglas C. Pizac, Associated Press) Utah quarterback Alex Smith answers questions during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, in Salt Lake City. (Douglas C. Pizac, Associated Press)

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah board of trustees has announced four recipients of honorary doctorate degrees at this year's annual commencement. The recipients are H. Roger Boyer, Richard E. Kendell, Lewena "Tye" Noorda and Alex Smith. The awards will be presented during the annual student commencement ceremony held on Thursday, May 1, 2014, in the Jon M. Huntsman Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. "The honorary degree recipients this year reflect deep commitments to service, and the university is proud to recognize their achievements and dedication to their communities," said Keven Rowe, chairman of the Board of Trustees' honors committee.

Boyer will receive a Doctor of Business. He is chairman and founder of the Boyer Company, a real estate development company based in Salt Lake City.

Kendell will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters. Kendell most recently served as interim president of Southern Utah University and is former commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education.

Dr. Richard E. Kendell is named Commissioner of Higher Education, Thursday at the Utah Board of Regents in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 18, 2003. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Dr. Richard E. Kendell is named Commissioner of Higher Education, Thursday at the Utah Board of Regents in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 18, 2003. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

Noorda will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts. Noorda grew up in Freedom, Sanpete County. She is a trustee of the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation, which in 2012 donated $30 million to build the first dental school in Utah at the University of Utah.

Alex Smith will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters. Smith, who is quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, a U. graduate and generous philanthropist, was chosen by the president and Board of Trustees of the U. to deliver the university's 2014 commencement address.

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