The demise in society of decency and integrity has intensified the need for young people to commit to lives "anchored in gospel principles," the Relief Society President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told Ricks College graduates.

"Disappearing standards of decency and lack of integrity surrounding us in society and in government," Barbara Winder told graduates on Thursday, mean they must "watch for the times and places where integrity is required."Some 1,500 students received associate degrees in ceremonies ending the year-long centennial celebration of the two-year college owned by the LDS Church.

"I hope that by now you have discovered for yourselves that whenever you reach one summit or goal in life, you find there are others immediately before you," Winder said.

Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus told the graduates that the education they have received is much less important than how they use the knowledge and experience.

"As you leave here you will discover that there really are summits yet to climb, and you will be prepared," he said.