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Elder Richard G. Scott to receive honorary doctorate during BYU August Commencement

Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will receive an honorary doctorate and will be the presiding authority during Brigham Young University’s August 2008 Commencement Exercises Thursday, Aug. 14, at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center.

Elder Cecil O. Samuelson, president of BYU and a member of the Quorum of the Seventy of the Church, will conduct, and representatives from the BYU Board of Trustees and administration will also be present at the ceremony.

The student speaker will be Jessie Leatham Wirkus, an English major graduating with university honors, and Sarah Inouye, a senior graduating magna cum laude in music performance, will present a piano solo, “Allegro de Concierto” by Enrique Granados.

The event will be broadcast live on KBYU-FM (98.1) and KBYU-TV (Channel 11).

The academic processional to the Marriott Center, including Elder Scott and President Samuelson as well as members of the Board of Trustees, administrators, deans, faculty, and graduates, will leave the Abraham Smoot Building parking lots on Thursday at 3:20 p.m.

Most campus offices will close on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. to accommodate the services.

Members of the BYU community are reminded that no parking will be available from midnight Wednesday, Aug. 13, until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, in Lot 1A north of the Administration Building and in a small portion of the timed parking Lot 2A north of the Hinckley Center. Vehicles parked in those locations during those hours will be towed.

All faculty members are invited to march in the processional at 3:20 p.m. Faculty should be on either the east or west side of the ASB by 3:10 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, faculty should go directly to the Marriott Center by 3:45 p.m. Line marshals will direct faculty to reserved chair seating on the playing floor.

On Friday, Aug. 15, the “Meet the President” event, where President Samuelson and his wife, Sharon, will meet and greet the graduates and their guests, will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center.

Friday’s individual college convocations are as follows:

8 a.m. — Family Home and Social Sciences in the Marriott Center; David O. McKay School of Education in the Smith Fieldhouse; David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium; Physical and Mathematical Sciences in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom; and Fine Arts and Communications in the de Jong Concert Hall.

11 a.m. — Life Sciences in the Marriott Center; Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology in the Smith Fieldhouse; Nursing in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium; Family, Home and Social Science (Family Life) in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom.

2 p.m. — Marriott School of Management in the Marriott Center and Health and Human Performance in the Smith Fieldhouse.

5 p.m. — Humanities in the Marriott Center.

Graduates and their guests are encouraged not to use cellular phones during the commencement and convocation exercises.

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Writer: Angela Fischer


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