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Utah State University Celebrates More than 7,000 Who Earned Degrees in 2020

Utah State University can't let this day go by without acknowledging and celebrating your accomplishment of a degree from Utah State University! Congratulations, graduates! While physical distance separates us, you are front and center in our minds and our hearts.

More than 7,000 students from 48 states and 59 countries will graduate today with a degree from Utah State University. 

Due to the cancelation of all university events because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, USU canceled its 133rd commencement ceremony in Logan and all graduation events at its statewide campuses this spring. If public health circumstances allow, the university plans to conduct graduation celebrations in Logan. There will also be graduation events at the Statewide campuses. More information can be found at usu.edu/commencement.  

“We celebrate this significant accomplishment during a time when the global pandemic has kept us apart physically, but it cannot quell our Aggie spirit of togetherness,” said President Noelle E. Cockett. “The class of 2020 is resilient. It is an incredible privilege and opportunity to serve as their president.” 


 
USU Commencement Statistics (Spring 2020)

Numbers of Degrees: 

  • Certificates: 96
  • Associate: 1,281
  • Bachelor’s: 4,649
  • Master’s: 917
  • Doctorate: 82
  • Education Specialists: 6

Geographic origin (undergrad):

  • Foreign countries: 58 (Top 3: China, 70; Mexico, 16; South Korea, 14)
  • U.S. states (not including Utah): 47

Ethnicity (undergrad):

  • American Indian/Alaskan native: 112
  • Pacific Islander: 21
  • Asian: 263
  • Black, non-Hispanic: 47
  • White, non-Hispanic: 5,172
  • Multicultural: 139
  • Not Specified: 272

Gender of graduates (undergrad):

  • Female: 3,483
    Male: 2,541
    Nondisclosed: 2

Most popular degrees (top 10) (undergrad):

  • Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (360)
  • Economics (349)
  • Psychology (188)
  • Human Movement Science (160)
  • Mechanical Engineering (152)
  • Business Administration (149)
  • Elementary Education (133)
  • Integrated Studies (129)
  • Biology (128)
  • Marketing (117)

Number of Degrees Awarded to First-Generation Students:

  • Associate: 310
  • Bachelor’s: 756

USU majority campus:

  • Logan/Main: 4,239
  • USU Eastern: Price: 321
  • Blanding: 130
  • Salt Lake: 199
  • Brigham City: 109
  • Uintah Basin: 153
  • Kaysville: 125
  • Tooele: 96
  • Southwest: 75
  • Orem: 80
  • Moab: 25
  • China Program: 201
  • Out-of-State: 304

Valedictorians:

  • College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences: Melissa Abigail Marsh
  • Caine College of the Arts: Jamie Lancaster
  • Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services: Mealiianolani Enos
  • College of Engineering: Thomas Bradshaw
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Nathan Troy Child 
  • Jon. M. Huntsman School of Business: William D. Forster
  • S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources: Kenen Goodwin
  • College of Science: Jesse Wheeler

D. Wynne Thorne Research Award: Gregory Madden, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services 

Faculty University Service Award: Sonia Manuel-Dupont, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

Faculty Researcher of the Year Award: Zhi-Qiang Wang, College of Science

Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award: Vonda Jump Norman, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Eldon J. Gardner Teaching Award:  Andreas Wesemann, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Distinguished Teaching Awards:

  • Caine College of the Arts: Jason Nicholson
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Doris McGonagill 
  • College of Engineering: Melissa Scheaffer
  • Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services: Heather Jensen
  • Jon M. Huntsman School of Business: Lianne Wappett
  • S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources: Shannon Belmont
  • College of Science: KimberLeigh Hadfield

E. G. Peterson Extension Award: Adrie Roberts, Extension
 

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