Scheduling the event in the evening begins a new tradition intended to make the ceremonies more readily accessible to students and their families. Commencement is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
“Commencement is the capstone of our students’ experience at the U,” says David W. Pershing, University of Utah president, “We want the ceremony to reflect that and for the celebration to be among the highlights they will remember as they begin the next stage of their lives.”
By the numbers
The class of 2013 is comprised of 8,007 graduates from 83 countries, 50 U.S. states and 27 Utah counties. A total of 8,469 degrees will be conferred, more than the number of students as some receive more than one degree. There will be awarded 5,432 bachelor’s degrees; 2,126 master’s degrees; 632 doctorates; 147 juris doctorates; 75 doctors of medicine; and 57 doctors of pharmacy.
Of this year’s graduates, 4,324 are men and 3,683 are women. The average age of bachelor’s degree recipients is 27; the youngest undergraduate is 18, the oldest is 72. The average grade point average for this group is 3.3. The average age of students receiving graduate degrees is 32. The youngest student receiving a graduate degree is 21 and the oldest is 70. The largest number of undergraduate degrees awarded were in the following 12 departments, respectively: psychology, exercise and sports science, mass communication, nursing, human development and family studies, economics, sociology, accounting, health promotion and education, biology, mechanical engineering and English.
University of Utah President David W. Pershing will officiate at the commencement.
The featured speaker is author Elizabeth “Liz” Murray, whose inspiring life story has been told on film – “From Homeless to Harvard,” and in her book – “Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard.”
There are two student speakers. Mauricio Caceres, who grew up in Peru, is graduating magna cum laude in economics and mathematics and will pursue a graduate degree at Columbia University. Lauryn Roth is graduating in biology and cum laude in environment and sustainability studies and will enter the University of Utah School of Medicine in the fall
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