Southern Utah University is proud to celebrate the class of 2018 Thunderbirds – 1,868 graduate – during the 119th University Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 4 at 9 a.m. in the America First Event Center. The keynote address will be given by Anne Leavitt, co-founder of the Leavitt Foundation.
Of the 1,868 degrees being conferred this year, 442 will be master’s degrees, 1,050 will be bachelor’s degrees and 355 associate’s degrees, along with 21 certificates.
Those degrees will be awarded at college convocation ceremonies held Friday afternoon and evening, where students will individually be awarded their diplomas. The top 10 degrees among these graduates are:
- General Studies
- Elementary Education
- Criminal Justice
- Human Nutrition
- Exercise Science
The Class of 2018 features students from 38 states and 24 countries. There are 1,043 females and 825 males, along with 52 married couples, who will celebrate together. The graduates range in age from 17 to 64 years old.
The University will also present two honorary doctorate degrees during the University Commencement. Pastor France Albert Davis and Dr. Steve Lunt (posthumously) will each receive honorary doctorate degrees in public service.
The University Commencement will feature remarks from SUU President Scott L Wyatt, along with the Class of 2018 student speaker, Ayleen Perry an English major with a minor in Legal Studies from Tijuana, Mexico.
University Commencement will be streamed live, beginning with the Processional of Graduates 30 minutes prior to the 9 a.m. ceremony opening.
All SUU’s graduation ceremonies and festivities are free and do not require tickets, with general admission seating. For additional information about all of this year’s graduation festivities, please visit https://www.suu.edu/graduation/.
SUU Marketing Communication
Nikki Koontz, director of marketing