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BYU August 2017 commencement

Graduates, their families and faculty received inspiring counsel about their relationship with God from three speakers at the August 2017 Commencement exercises.

Mary Elizabeth Zilch

Mary Elizabeth Zilch became a world traveler at a young age. Most of her childhood was spent living abroad in Egypt and South Africa.

“My father worked for the US Agency for International Development as an auditor, but we liked to tell people he was a spy,” Zilch said.

Anh Nguyen

At age 15, most American teenagers are hanging out with friends and practicing for their driver’s license. Thuy Anh Nguyen was checking her mailbox for college acceptance letters and adjusting to American life.  

Michael Morgan

Michael Morgan will represent the graduates as the August Commencement student speaker.  Morgan, who is earning a bachelor's degree in philosophy has accomplished a lot during his time at BYU. 

Steven Hershfeltd

Career paths don’t always go as planned. Steven Hershfeldt has now been in the military for almost fifteen years, even though it wasn’t his original plan. Now, Hershfeldt is excited to graduate from the David O. McKay School of Education with a master’s degree in educational leadership.

Brigham Young University Graduation

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is scheduled to be the presiding authority and speaker during Commencement Exercises on August 17, at 4 p.m., in the Marriott Center.

April commencement 2017

Read through President Worthen's advice to BYU's newest graduates. Be inspired by stories of pushing others across the finish line. And improve your life with 3 steps for success.

From students to teachers overnight: Elizabeth Olsen and Kalie Peck, elementary education students, taught 37 students when their practicum mentor suddenly became ill.

After an accident resulting in paralysis, Stephen Merrill excelled by identifying what he did well and things he could do––like graduate with a master's degree in Applied Statistics.

Amy Briggs

Once Amy Briggs found engineering, there was no stopping her.