More than 3,600 graduate from WSU

Apr 22 2011 - 1:23pm

Images

(ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner )
Ruth Silver kisses her husband Jeff Madsen following a graduation commencement ceremony for Weber State University Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah. Silver graduated with a bachelor's of fine arts degree in photography and Madsen graduated with a bachelor's of fine arts degree in visual communication.
(ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner )
Amelia Ann Williams flips her tassel from right to left along with the rest of her graduating class during a commencement ceremony for Weber State University Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah. WIlliams graduated with a masters degree in education.
kristie Palfreyman rubs her daughter Anne's head as the 8-year-old sat with her during a graduation commencement ceremony for Weber State University Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah. (ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner )
Kendal Andersen gets some help from fellow graduate Tiffany Dazley putting on her cap prior to a graduation commencement ceremony for Weber State University Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah. (ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner )
Jenna Lloyd, 4, waits with her mom, Suzanne, among the graduates during a commencement ceremony for Weber State University Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah. (ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner )
(ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner )
Ruth Silver kisses her husband Jeff Madsen following a graduation commencement ceremony for Weber State University Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah. Silver graduated with a bachelor's of fine arts degree in photography and Madsen graduated with a bachelor's of fine arts degree in visual communication.
(ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner )
Amelia Ann Williams flips her tassel from right to left along with the rest of her graduating class during a commencement ceremony for Weber State University Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah. WIlliams graduated with a masters degree in education.
kristie Palfreyman rubs her daughter Anne's head as the 8-year-old sat with her during a graduation commencement ceremony for Weber State University Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah. (ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner )
Kendal Andersen gets some help from fellow graduate Tiffany Dazley putting on her cap prior to a graduation commencement ceremony for Weber State University Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah. (ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner )
Jenna Lloyd, 4, waits with her mom, Suzanne, among the graduates during a commencement ceremony for Weber State University Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah. (ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner )

OGDEN -- Former Utah Gov. Michael O. Leavitt on Friday gave the commencement speech at the 137th Weber State University commencement.

Leavitt, who was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities, congratulated students on their achievement, and told them their future would be determined by the decisions they make.

"We all make life-changing decisions, and these decisions, more than our circumstances, change our life," Leavitt said.

Leavitt told students that in spring of 2003, when he was considering whether to accept a George W. Bush administration post as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, he went through a five-step decision-making process that they might find helpful.

Leavitt said he wrote himself a memo, which was the first step. Putting the question in writing helped clarify it in his mind, he said.

Step two was to identify his uncertainties, and shrink them. Leavitt talked to family members about how a move to Washington, D.C., would Affect them. He talked to a friend who was a Washington insider about living in the nation's capital.He talked to trusted friends about whether Utahans would feel abandoned. He checked his own list of goals for Utah, to see what was left to accomplish.

Step three was examining his biases. Leavitt advised graduating students to consider their emotional state, because decisions made when a person is angry, depressed, infatuated or desperate often are bad decisions.

Step four was to seek counsel from trusted friends and associates, to gain additional perspective on the situation.

And step five was to decide when you will decide. Leavitt said as a governor appointing judges, it gave him greater peace to sleep on the issue and announce in the morning. He rarely changed his mind about an appointment, Leavitt said, but he always felt better about decisions if he gave them the proper time.

Leavitt also told students that not all their decisions will be good, but bad decisions are part of life, would add to their depth of experience, and teach them how to make better decisions in the future.

The Weber State class of 2011 had more than 3,600 graduates.

From Around the Web

  +