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Utah State University Commencement is Saturday; Graduate Ceremonies Friday

Thursday, May. 03, 2012


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USU 2012 commencement speaker Eric Greitens

Eric Greitens, a noted humanitarian, award-winning and best-selling author, documentary photographer and Navy SEAL, is USU's commencement speaker for the 125th graduation ceremony.


Noted humanitarian, award-winning and best-selling author, documentary photographer and Navy SEAL Eric Greitens will address Utah State University undergraduate students during USU’s 125th graduation ceremony Saturday, May 5, in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan. The hooding ceremony for graduate students is Friday, May 4, in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Greitens will present the commencement address during the program that will feature four prominent individuals who will receive honorary doctorates during the Saturday events. Those receiving honorary doctorates are: Norah Abdullah Al-Faiz, Saudi Arabian vice minister for girls’ education; Quentin L. Cook, former attorney and current member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Lars P. Hansen, world-renowned economist; and U.S. beef industry leader John R. Miller.

Visit the commencement website for more detailed information.

USU Commencement Statistics (Spring 2012)

Graduate Commencement and Hooding Ceremony: Friday, May 4, 1:30 p.m., Dee Glen Smith Spectrum

Graduation (Undergraduate): Saturday, May 5, 9:30 a.m., Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Procession begins on Quad at 9 a.m.

Individual college convocations (all Saturday, May 5):
Agriculture: noon, Kent Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center
Caine College of the Arts: noon, Morgan Theatre, Chase Fine Arts Center
Jon M. Huntsman School of Business: 2 p.m., Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services: 4 p.m., Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
Engineering: 2 p.m., Kent Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center
Humanities and Social Sciences: noon, Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
Natural Resources: 2 p.m., Morgan Theatre, Chase Fine Arts Center
Science: noon, Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom, Taggart Student Center

Numbers of Degrees: 4,464
Bachelor’s: 3,393
Master’s: 947
Doctorate: 117
Education Specialist’s: 7

Gender of graduates:
Female: 2,103
Male: 1,714

Annual undergraduate resident tuition/fees (25 credits):
2011-12: $4,004.23

Geographic origin:
Foreign countries: 20 (China, 159. Dominican Republic, 12. Canada, 8)
U.S. states: 46
Utah counties: 29

Ethnicity:
American Indian/Alaskan native: 25
Asian/Pacific Islander: 154
Asian: 70
Black, non-Hispanic: 34
White, non-Hispanic: 3,096
Hispanic: 167
Not Specified: 227
Multicultural: 30

Most popular degrees (top 10):
General Studies (539)
Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (284)
Economics (269)
Interdisciplinary Studies (162)
Family, Consumer and Human Development (150)
Business (148)
Human Movement Science (133)
Psychology (111)
Elementary Education (109)
Journalism (92)

Commencement Speaker: Eric Greitens, noted humanitarian, award-winning and best-selling author, documentary photographer and Navy SEAL

Honorary Degree Recipients:
Norah Abdullah Al-Faiz, Saudi Arabian vice minister for girls’ education, Doctor of Education
Quentin L. Cook, former attorney and current member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Doctor of Laws
Lars P. Hansen, world-renowned economist, Doctor of Science
John R. Miller, U.S. beef industry leader, Doctor of Agribusiness

Student Speaker: Victor Rex Carlson, College of Science valedictorian

Valedictorians:
College of Agriculture: Janae Decker
Jon. M. Huntsman School of Business: Jill Heather Aoki
Caine College of the Arts: Sally Bigelow Rydalch
College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Tasha Li Salisbury
College of Natural Resources: Brooke Evans
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services: Aubree Lewis Keate
College of Engineering: Brock D. Wiberg
College of Science: Victor Rex Carlson

D. Wynne Thorne Research Award: Lance Seefeldt, College of Science

International Professor of the Year Award: Christopher Fawson, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

Eldon J. Gardner Teaching Award: Brian Warnick, College of Agriculture

Distinguished Teaching Awards:
Jon M. Huntsman School of Business: Benjamin Blau
Caine College of the Arts: Robert Winward
College of Engineering: Barton Smith
College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Brock Dethier
College of Natural Resources: Frank E. “Fee” Busby
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services: Patricia Moyer Packenham
College of Science: Claudia Bornholdt

E. G. Peterson Extension Award: Richard Beard, College of Agriculture

Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award: Tim Gilbertson, College of Science

Department Teaching Excellence Award: Department of History

Contact: Maren Cartwright, 435-797-1355, maren.cartwright@usu.edu





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