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USU Looks to Refine Commencement Nomination Process

Herald Journal Friday, Apr. 13, 2018

Every year, a Utah State University committee gathers nominations for speakers and honorary degree recipients for commencement exercises. But members of that committee say “new ways” could be deployed to get those nominations. Sydney Peterson, USU chief of staff and secretary to the USU Board of Trustees, said in an email to The Herald Journal that the Honorary Degree Selection Committee needs to explore new methods and “make sure we get a really good pool of nominees.” ... The minutes said the committee is “looking at doing things differently moving forward” and acknowledged it “has been tricky” to get “high-profile individuals” to speak at commencement. ... This year’s commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients have been announced. Thierry Fischer, conductor of the Utah Symphony, will speak and receive an honorary degree alongside three other individuals. ... Michael Scott Peters, president of the USU Student Association and member of the screening committee, said there have been discussions about how to capture a bigger pool of nominations and more recognized speakers.

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