More than 2,800 students are scheduled to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees April 28 at Brigham Young niversity's 114th Commencement.
Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Council of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak and receive an honorary doctorate of humanities.Graduation activities will begin at 8:15 a.m. with the procession from the north entrance of the Smoot Administration Building to the Marriott Center.
President Gordon B. Hinckley, first counselor in the First Presidency of the LDS Church, will conduct the ceremonies, beginning at 9 a.m..
Presidential citations will be awarded to B.Z. Kastler, former president and chairman of Mountain Fuel Supply Co., and to Lynn and Lucille Richards, a Salt Lake couple noted for their lives of service.
Elder Ashton has served as a national committee member of the Boy Scouts of America and on the regional executive council and the executive committee of the Great Salt Lake Council. An Eagle Scout, he holds the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope Scouting awards for outstanding service to boys and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
For more than 21 years, while he was a member of the LDS General Mutual presidency and general board member, he supervised and promoted the all-church athletic and activity programs.
As a Utah state senator, Elder Ashton spearheaded legislation for improved juvenile detention facilities. In 1960, he was chairman of the Leisure Time Division of the White House Youth Conference for Utah and has served as a member of the state Alcohol and Drug Board.
While managing director of the LDS Church's Unified Social Services Program, he supervised youth guidance, foster children, prisoners, adoptions, Indian student placement and other related personal-welfare projects.
He is chairman of the board of ZCMI, Zions Securities and Deseret Book corporations. He is also on the boards of First Security Corp. and Beneficial Development Corp., and he served on the state Board of Regents.
He is a member of the National Advisory Council for the University of Utah and received the U.'s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He received an honorary doctorate of laws from the U. in 1984.
He and his wife, Norma, are the parents of four children.
Diplomas will be presented to the students at 11 college and professional school convocations in the afternoon and evening of April 28.
College of Engineering - Marriott Center, 1:30 p.m.
College of Education - de Jong Concert Hall, 1:30 p.m.
College of Biology and Agriculture - Wilkinson Center Ballroom, 1:30 p.m.
College of Nursing - Joseph Smith Building Auditorium, 1:30 p.m.
College of Humanities - Provo Tabernacle, 1:30 p.m.
Marriott School of Management - Marriott Center, 3:30 p.m.
College of Fine Arts and Communications - de Jong Concert Hall, 3:30 p.m.
College of Physical and Math Sciences - Wilkinson Center Ballroom, 3:30 p.m.
College of Physical Education - Provo Tabernacle, 3:30 p.m.
College of Family, Home and Social Sciences - Marriott Center, 5:30 p.m.
Law School - de Jong Concert Hall, 7 p.m.
The graduation banquet will be at 7 p.m. April 27 in the Wilkinson Center Ballroom. Paul A. Cox, an associate professor of botany, will be the banquet speaker. His topic is "Lama and Malamalama: Light and the Candlenut Tree."