Utah State University will graduate its largest class - 2,357 degree candidates - in its Centennial Commencement June 3 and 4.
Mark Austad, former ambassador to Finland and Norway, will address the graduates.The candidates for undergraduate diplomas number 1,657, up from 1,617 last year. USU will award 682 graduate degrees. The 1988 total includes 79 doctorates, 7 educational specialists and 596 master's degrees.
Commencement is the last of several major public events celebrating the USU centennial, said William F. Lye, vice president for university relations and development.
Centennial year graduates will receive diplomas with a specially designed cover, plus the tassels on their caps will be Aggie blue and white as well as the particular color of their college and will hold a centennial medallion.
The commencement program June 4 in the Spectrum will feature the USU Symphony Orchestra playing "Centennial Overture," which was written for the 100th birthday, and a reader's theater sketch on a centennial theme.
USU will award honorary doctorates to Austad and to Ellis L. Armstrong, former commissioner of the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Public Roads; Robert Shaw Hoffmann, assistant secretary for research of the Smithsonian Institution; Dr. Nicholas C. Leone, former chief medical investigator for the National Institutes of Health; and Shigeo Shingo, Japanese productivity expert.
The university will also honor its top faculty members and students.
Valedictorians from the academic colleges are JanLee A. Jensen, Logan, agriculture; Cheryl C. Nelson, Idaho Falls, business; Jana K. Huber, North Logan, education; David L. Pierson, Logan, engineering; Tammy Jo T. Dance, Lakeland, Minn., family life; Jon P. Briscoe, Bountiful, humanities, arts and social sciences; Randy L. Roeh, Idaho Falls, natural resources; and Zoe G. Cardon, Logan, science.
ROTC commissioning ceremonies, recognition of spouses of graduates, open houses in the academic colleges, a reception, smorgasbord dinner and concerts are planned Friday.
Saturday's schedule opens with the academic procession from Old Main to the Spectrum at 8:15 a.m. Commencement ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. in the Spectrum. The complete program will be broadcast live over KUSU-FM in Logan and Channel 13, the Logan cable channel, and will be rebroadcast over KUED Channel 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Lye said.
Colleges will hold their graduation programs at noon and 2 p.m., where student valedictorians will address their fellow graduates.