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Young Men's General President David L. Beck to speak at BYU Commencement Aug. 9

Brother David L. Beck, General Young Men’s President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the speaker at the Brigham Young University August 2012 Commencement ceremonies Thursday, Aug. 9, at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center.

The exercises will be conducted by Elder Cecil O. Samuelson, president of BYU and also an Emeritus General Authority of the Church. They will be joined on the stand by members of the BYU administration and other Church leaders.

Julianne Long, a native of Provo, UT, and an honors graduate in linguistics, will be the student speaker. A musical number will be given by a husband-and-wife couple, Jared and Liberty Pierce. Jared is from Salida, Calif., and is graduating with a master’s degree in piano performance. Liberty is from Orangevale, Calif., and is graduating with a master’s degree in vocal performance. She will sing “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” arranged by Jay Richards, and Jared will accompany her on the piano.

The exercises will be broadcast live on KBYU-TV (Channel 11), BYU Television and KBYU-FM (89.1).

Graduates should assemble at 3 p.m. in the Abraham Smoot Building parking lots prior to the processional, while parents and family should be seated in the Marriott Center by 3:15 p.m. The doors at the Marriott Center will open at 2 p.m. The graduate processional will begin at 3:15 p.m.

As a courtesy to other participants, graduates and family members are encouraged to refrain from using cellular phones when in the Marriott Center.

All faculty members are invited to march in the processional at 3:15 p.m. Faculty should be on either the east or west 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.

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

Please be aware also that there will be no parking in the lots north of the ASB Thursday, Aug. 9, from midnight Wednesday to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Vehicles parked in this location during those hours will be towed.

For more information about campus parking, contact Greg Barber of University Police at (801) 367-7213.

The Army ROTC will be commissioning three BYU cadets Thursday at 11 a.m. in W408 N. Eldon Tanner Building. Cadets Preston Taylor, Matthew Long and Michael Gardner will be commissioned at the ceremony. Retired lieutenant colonel Al Christy will be the speaker.  

On Friday, Aug. 10, President Samuelson will be hosting the “Meet the President” event. Graduates and their parents are invited to meet the president and his wife Sharon at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center Assembly Hall from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

The BYU Air Force ROTC will host its commissioning ceremony Friday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. in  3380 Wilkinson Student Center. Cadets Glenn Garner, Tyler Riffle and Ammon Tenney will be commissioned at the ceremony, and retired U.S. army colonel Blake Boatright will be the speaker. 

Individual college convocations for Friday, Aug. 10, are as follows:

8 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Family, Home and Social Sciences — Marriott Center
  • David O. McKay School of Education — Smith Fieldhouse
  • David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies — Varsity Theater (2046 Wilkinson Student Center)
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences — Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom
  • Fine Arts and Communications — de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Marriott School of Management — Marriott Center
  • Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology —Smith Fieldhouse
  • Nursing — Joseph Smith Building Auditorium

2 to 4:30 p.m.

  • Life Sciences — Marriott Center

5 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Humanities — Marriott Center

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Writer: Preston Wittwer


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