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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former president of Brigham Young University, is scheduled to be the presiding authority and speaker during BYU's Commencement Exercises on Thursday, April 26, at 4 p.m., in the Marriott Center. BYU President Kevin J Worthen will conduct the exercises. 

Tickets are not required for commencement or for college convocations. 

Commencement exercises will be broadcast live on BYU TV, BYU Radio, Classical 89 KBYU-FM and

Thursday, April 26 Commencement Schedule

  • 2 p.m.: Marriott Center doors open
  • 2:30 p.m.: Closing time for most campus offices
  • 3 p.m.: Graduates meet in the parking lot on the north side of the Smoot Administration Building (ASB)
  • 3:15 p.m.: Family, friends and guests of the graduates should be seated in the Marriott Center. Faculty members are invited to march in the processional; meet on the east or west side of the ASB (in the event of inclement weather, faculty should go directly to the Marriott Center by 3:45 p.m.). 
  • 3:15 p.m.: Processional of the graduates begins
  • 4-5:30 p.m.: Commencement in the Marriott Center 

Friday, April 27 College Convocation Schedule

8 a.m.

  • Life Sciences (Marriott Center)
  • School of Education (Smith Fieldhouse)
  • Kennedy Center for International Studies (JSB Auditorium)
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences (Ballroom, Wilkinson Student Center)
  • Fine Arts and Communications – Art, Design (de Jong Concert Hall, HFAC)
  • Religious Education (W-111 Benson Building)

11 a.m.

  • Marriott School of Business (Marriott Center)
  • Engineering and Technology – Engineering (Smith Fieldhouse)
  • Nursing (Auditorium, Joseph Smith Building)
  • Fine Arts and Communications – Dance, Music, MDT, TMA (de Jong Concert Hall, HFAC)

2 p.m.

  • Humanities (Marriott Center) 
  • Engineering and Technology – Technology (Ballroom, Wilkinson Student Center)
  • Fine Arts and Communications – Communications (de Jong Concert Hall, HFAC)

5 p.m.

  • Family, Home, and Social Sciences (Marriott Center)
  • Law School (de Jong Concert Hall, HFAC)

For additional information about graduation at BYU:

About the Speaker

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 23, 1994. At the time of this call, Elder Holland was serving as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy to which he had been called on April 1, 1989.

From 1980 until his call as a General Authority in 1989 Jeffrey R. Holland served as the ninth president of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  He is a former Church commissioner of education and dean of the College of Religious Education at BYU.

Elder Holland was a student leader and varsity athlete at Dixie High School and Dixie College in his native St. George, Utah.  He received his bachelor and master degrees in English and religious education, respectively, from Brigham Young University.  He also obtained master and doctor of philosophy degrees in American Studies from Yale University.

Elder Holland was active in professional educational activity prior to his call to full‑time Church service.  He served as president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAPICU), on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), and as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Presidents Commission.  For his work in improving understanding between Christians and Jews, he was given the “Torch of Liberty” award by the Anti‑Defamation League of B’Nai B’rith.  He has served on the governing boards of a number of civic and business‑related corporations and is the author of 15 books, 2 of which he co-authored with his wife, Patricia.

Elder Holland was born December 3, 1940, to Frank D. and Alice Bentley Holland.  In 1963, he married Patricia Terry.  They are the parents of Matthew, Mary Alice, and David, the parents-in-law of Paige, Lee, and Jeanne, and the grandparents of 13 beautiful grandchildren and one great-grandchild.