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Jaren Wilkey, BYU
Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Seventy will speak at BYU's commencement exercises April 21. Elder Clayton spoke at BYU's August 2010 commencement.

PROVO — BYU will award nearly 6,000 degrees and Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Seventy will speak at the university's spring commencement exercises on April 21.

Elder Clayton is the senior president of the Seventy, a senior leadership body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Doors at the Marriott Center will open at 2 p.m. and commencement will begin at 4 p.m.

A total of 5,929 students are scheduled to receive degrees completed during the fall semester or the current winter semester, according to a news release. Of those, 5,038 will receive bachelor degrees, 688 will get their master's degrees and 203 will receive doctoral degrees.

Elder Clayton became the senior member of the Presidency of the Seventy, which presides over the LDS Church's quorums of Seventy, in October. He assists Elder Dallin H. Oaks in supervising the church's Mexico Area and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in supervising the Middle East/North Africa Area.

He spoke at BYU's August commencement in 2010. He told graduates to seek their own promised land.

Alicia Stanton will be the student speaker at commencement. She will graduate with a degree in molecular biology and a minor in editing. After graduation, she will continue working for the LDS Church History Department.

Commencement exercises will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYU Radio, Classical 89 KBYU-FM and byutv.org.

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