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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks to graduates during the April 2018 Commencement

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland told graduates he was counting on them to be the light in a world plagued by poverty, violence, political corruption and sexual abuse.

Kaden Larson

At the tender age of two, Larson was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Doctors prescribed any activity that would keep Larson’s fingers in motion: finger painting, Play-Doh and piano.

Jared Blanchard was a team lead in the Mars Rover competition

Jared Blanchard will represent the graduates as the student speaker at BYU’s Commencement exercises this month. Like many of his fellow classmates, he has accomplished a lot during his time at BYU.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former president of Brigham Young University will speak at BYU's Commencement Exercises.

Hannah Bonner in Rock Canyon

While at BYU, Hannah Bonner led the BYU Mars Rover science team, published a book with maps of prehistoric Utah, studied landslide risks near the Three Gorges Dam in China and researched toxic algae blooms in Utah Lake.

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.