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Utah State University to Award More Than 7,000 Degrees in 2022

Students applaud during a previous USU commencement ceremony in the Spectrum.

LOGAN, Utah — Utah State University will confer a total of 7,047 degrees to 6,588 students during the 135th commencement ceremony this week, which will be conducted in person for the first time in two years.

The university commencement ceremony in Logan will begin at 9 a.m. May 5 in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. College convocations and hooding ceremonies will begin the afternoon of May 5 and run through May 6. Guests who attend the commencement ceremony on Thursday morning will not need tickets, but all college convocation events on the Logan campus will require complimentary tickets.

A schedule of events and information about tickets are available on the USU commencement website.

Thomas J. Vilsack, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, will serve as the commencement speaker. Vilsack, along with philanthropist Lisa Ellen Eccles and former Utah legislator and USU alumnus Lyle W. Hillyard, will receive honorary degrees during the ceremony.

“The successes of this graduating class are impressive and wide-ranging, demonstrating the resilience and fortitude that has sustained them through their years at USU,” said USU President Noelle E. Cockett. “The class of 2022 will make a significant impact on the world as they join other innovators and achievers who are part of the Aggie alumni family. It has been an incredible privilege and opportunity to serve as president during their time at Utah State.”

USU Commencement Statistics (Spring 2022)

Numbers of degrees:

  • Certificates: 281
  • Associate: 1,145
  • Bachelor’s: 4,411
  • Graduate certificate: 73
  • Non-degree program/master’s: 1
  • Master’s: 967
  • Education specialist’s: 2
  • Doctorate: 167

Geographic origin:

  • Foreign countries: 42 (Top 3: China, 311; India, 19; Saudi Arabia, 12)
  • U.S. states (not including Utah): 48

Race and ethnicity unique student demographics:

  • American Indian/Alaskan native: 146
  • Pacific Islander: 16
  • Asian: 445
  • Black, non-Hispanic: 65
  • White, non-Hispanic: 5,548
  • Multiple: 175
  • Not specified: 193
  • Hispanic or Latino: 394

Legal sex of graduates:

  • Female: 3,848
  • Male: 2,740

U.S. Air Force Commissions: 23

U.S. Army Commissions: 12

Most popular degrees (undergraduate):

  • Economics: 397
  • Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education: 337
  • Psychology: 183
  • Elementary Education: 153
  • Kinesiology: 148
  • Mechanical Engineering: 137
  • Integrated Studies: 136
  • Registered Nurse: 134
  • Biology: 116
  • Finance: 114
  • Accounting: 111

Departments graduating the most students with graduate certificates or degrees:

  • Marketing and Strategy
  • Psychology
  • Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences
  • Management

Number of degrees awarded to first-generation students:

  • Associate: 380
  • Bachelor’s: 789
  • Master’s: 50
  • Doctorate: 4

Graduates by USU campuses:

  • Logan/main: 4,174
  • USU Eastern 325
  • USU Blanding: 157
  • Salt Lake: 326
  • Brigham City: 127
  • Uintah Basin: 127
  • Kaysville: 231
  • Tooele: 74
  • Southwest: 84
  • Orem: 203
  • Moab: 31
  • International: 285
  • Out-of-state: 447

Valedictorians:

  • Caine College of the Arts: Olivia M. Brock
  • College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences: Madeline Amanda Peterson
  • College of Engineering: James Anthony Mullen
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Carina Michelle Linares
  • College of Science: Porter K. Ellis
  • Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services: Abigail L. Canaan
  • Jon M. Huntsman School of Business: Ian McKean Theler
  • S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources: Julianne Atencio

Wynne Thorne Career Research Award: Melanie Domenech Rodríguez, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

G. Peterson Extension Award: Margie Memmott, Extension

Faculty University Service Award: Vicki Allan, College of Science

Eldon J. Gardner Teaching Award: Jenifer Evers, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Distinguished Teaching Awards:

  • Caine College of the Arts: Susie Tibbitts
  • College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences: David Anderson
  • College of Engineering: Doug Hunsaker
  • College of Science: Erik Falor
  • Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services: Kaitlin Bundock
  • Jon M. Huntsman School of Business: Todd Griffith
  • J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources: Larissa Yocom

Statewide Campuses graduation ceremonies

  • USU Brigham City: Friday, April 15; 6 p.m., Box Elder High School, Brigham City
  • USU Southwest: Thursday, April 21; 6 p.m., Juab Junior High School, Nephi
  • USU Southwest: Friday, April 22; 6 p.m., Iron County Fair Building, Parowan
  • USU Tooele: Saturday, April 23; 11 a.m., Tooele High School, Tooele
  • USU Moab: Thursday, April 28; 6 p.m., Aarchway Inn, Moab
  • USU Blanding: Friday, April 29; 2 p.m., San Juan High School, Blanding
  • USU Eastern: Saturday, April 30; 10 a.m., Bunnell-Dmitrich Athletic Center, Price
  • USU Uintah Basin: Saturday, April 30; 4 p.m., Uintah Conference Center, Vernal

More information can be found at usu.edu/commencement.

CONTACT

Emilie Wheeler
News Director
University Marketing and Communications
435-797-0744
emilie.wheeler@usu.edu


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