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Packed with purple: Weber State celebrates 160th commencement

By Rob Nielsen - | Apr 28, 2023
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Families, friends, students and Weber State University community members celebrate the new graduates at WSU's 160th Commencement Ceremonies on Friday April 28, 2023.
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Families, friends, students and Weber State University community members celebrate the new graduates at WSU's 160th Commencement Ceremonies on Friday April 28, 2023.
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Families, friends, students and Weber State University community members celebrate the new graduates at WSU's 160th Commencement Ceremonies on Friday April 28, 2023.

OGDEN — Weber State University hit a big milestone as it held its 160th commencement ceremony Friday morning.

According to a press release sent earlier in the week, the university expected 3,442 students to graduate from among the seven schools on campus.

“This is always a fantastic day at Weber State, watching students take those final steps across the stage to get their degree, and I find myself celebrating right alongside them,” WSU President Brad Mortensen said in the press release. “Whether they’re staying at Weber to earn a higher degree or transitioning to the workforce, these graduates have proven their brilliance and I couldn’t be prouder.”

Steve Starks, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Co. and a WSU alum, served as this year’s commencement speaker. He was recently appointed to the Utah Board of Higher Education and also serves as the governor’s Olympic and Paralympic advisor and chair of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.

Starks was also one of four Utahns awarded an honorary degree at this year’s ceremony. Starks was joined by Javier Chavez Sr., Forrest Crawford and Karen Mayne in this recognition.

According to the release, the top majors among this year’s graduates are nursing, psychological science, criminal justice, communication, computer science and professional sales.

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