Southern Utah University is gearing up for its 92nd annual commencement - its first as a university - with activities beginning May 30 and running through June 8.
The week of commencement-related activities begins at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 30, with the annual Academic Awards Convocation. Academic achievement will be recognized at the convocation where a number of departmental awards will be presented. The 1991 valedictorian and outstanding scholars from each of SUU's four academic schools will be introduced at the program, which is open to the public.On Monday, June 3, at 7 p.m., the nursing white ceremony will be held in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. Thirty-seven nursing graduates will receive diplomas through the Weber State University/Southern Utah University/Dixie College cooperative associate degree nursing program.
The president's reception - for graduates and their families and friends, with the state Board of Regents, the SUU Board of Trustees, faculty and friends of the university in attendance - will be held on Friday, June 7, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the president's residence, 331 W. 200 South.
At 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, baccalaureate services and vocational graduation exercises will be held on the Campus Quad. Certificates of vocational competency and associate of applied science degrees will be awarded to 67 students during the services. The baccalaureate speaker will be Elder Dallin Oaks, a member of the LDS Quorum of Twelve and former Utah State Supreme Court justice and former Brigham Young University president.
Eric Bleak, selected as the outstanding vocational student, will also address graduates at the outdoor ceremony. He is a two-year graduate in agriculture from Panaca, Nev.
A baccalaureate buffet will be in the Student Center's Thunderbird Circle at 8 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Centrum Box Office.
At 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, graduates will line up in front of the Music Building for the processional to the Centrum, where the 92nd commencement exercises will begin at 9 a.m.
Bachelor's degrees will be conferred upon 529 students, while 21 students will receive master's degrees in accounting, and another 19 students will receive master's degrees in educational fields through the cooperative Utah State University/
Southern Utah University program.
Dr. Ernest M. Burgess, an orthopedic surgeon and SUU benefactor, will be the commencement speaker. Honorary doctoral degrees will be conferred on Burgess, Oaks, Utah Power & Light president and CEO Verl R. Topham, and former SUU professor Dr. Gwyn Clark. Distinguished service awards will be presented to American Folk Ballet founder Burch Mann and civic leader Ann Leavitt, wife of state Sen. Dixie Leavitt, R-Cedar City.
Presenting the valedictory address will be Charlene R. Black, an elementary education major from Hildale, Washington County.
Following the commencement exercises, there will be a box lunch on the Centrum's south lawn. Tickets for the lunch must be obtained in advance through the Centrum Box Office.
Tickets for the baccalaureate buffet are $9; tickets for the lunch are $5.25.