WSU, USU to hold commencement today

Dec 11 2009 - 7:53am

OGDEN aEU" More than 1,300 students are expected to graduate from Weber State University today.

Degrees and institutional certificates will be awarded during the universityaEU(tm)s 134th commencement ceremony at the Dee Events Center.
The commencement exercises begin at 1 p.m.

Pamela J. Atkinson, longtime health care practitioner and community activist/advocate, will deliver the keynote commencement address and will receive an honorary degree.

The student graduate speaker will be Joshua Pedersen, of Murray, who is earning his bacheloraEU(tm)s degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations and advertising.

Unlike the universityaEU(tm)s spring commencement, when individual convocations are held separately from the main program, WSUaEU(tm)s business school and six academic colleges will confer all degrees and certificates during this one inclusive ceremony.

Graduates attending the commencement ceremony will receive a commemorative medallion in recognition of their accomplishments.

WSUaEU(tm)s commencement will be streamed live via the Web at

The program will be rebroadcast on KUEN-TV (Channel 9) from 8 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 19.

American Sign Language services will be available in seating section S at the base of portal 17.

Parking on campus will be free throughout the day today.

WSU began holding winter commencement in 1996 because of the closure of the Val A. Browning Center for major renovations.

In 1999, the universityaEU(tm)s Board of Trustees decided to make the winter ceremony a permanent event.

More information about commencement is available at

Utah State University will also host its fall graduation commencements today and Saturday. More than 2,200 bacheloraEU(tm)s, masteraEU(tm)s and doctorate degrees will be awarded.

USUaEU(tm)s graduate commencement and hooding ceremony will take place today.

The procession from Nelson Fieldhouse to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum begins at 1 p.m., with the ceremony starting at 1:30 p.m.

Undergraduate activities begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday when students and faculty assemble in the Nelson Fieldhouse for the academic procession to the Spectrum, where commencement ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. Carol Strong, dean of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, will deliver the commencement address to undergraduate students.

More information about USUaEU(tm)s commencement is available at

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