Weber State University's Class of 1998 is expected to be the largest in university history.
Commencement exercises, during which 3,000 graduates will be honored, will be Thursday, June 11, in the Dee Events Center. The processional begins at 5:40 p.m."The size of this year's graduating class is reflective of significant enrollment increases, university-wide retention efforts and the anticipation of semester conversion," said WSU President Paul H. Thompson.
Nationally recognized author, educator and corporate adviser Stan Davis of Chestnut Hill, Mass., will deliver the keynote address and will be awarded an honorary degree.
Davis holds a doctorate in social sciences from Washington University in Missouri. He is an award-winning author of nine business-management books including: "Blur: The Speed of Change in the Connected Economy," "Future Perfect," "20/20 Vision" and "The Monster Under the Bed."
Davis taught for more than 20 years at Harvard University's School of Business. Prior to that time, he was a professor at Columbia University in New York and Boston University in Massachusetts. Davis works as a consultant at Ernst & Young's Center for Business Innovation.
Other honorary degree recipients include Thomas F. Davidson, Dean F. Morrin and Carolyn Rich Nebeker, all of Ogden.
Davidson, who retired from Thiokol Corp. in 1990 as a vice president, received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland in 1951. He worked 39 years in rocket engineering for the military and private industry.
The recipient of numerous service and achievement awards, he has served on dozens of civic and education-related boards and committees. Davidson, president of WSU's Wildcat Club Board of Directors, served on the Utah Board of Education from 1993 to 1996.
Morrin, a general contractor for 40 years and owner of M. Morrin and Son, earned an associate degree from Weber State College. A World War II veteran, Morrin has a company that built several buildings on Utah university campuses, including WSU Shepherd Union Building and residence halls. Morrin has built more interstate bridges than any other contractor in the state.
A supporter of Weber County and Ogden City civic projects for more than 50 years, Morrin played a key role in the consolidation of the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the executive committee for Peery's Egyptian Theater and the David Eccles Conference Center.
Nebeker served on the WSU Board of Trustees from 1988-97, including two years as the university's first chairwoman of the board. She received dual bachelor's degrees in art history and English from the University of Pennsylvania. An active supporter of civic and charitable projects, she was instrumental in the restoration of Ogden's Union Station and Peery's Egyptian Theater.
A devoted community volunteer since 1965, Nebeker currently holds positions on several advisory boards for organizations, including WSU, McKay-Dee Hospital, Ogden School Foundation and Zions Bank.