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UVU 72nd Commencement Celebrates Graduation Of 4,682 Students

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April 26, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert

Written by: Mike Rigert

Utah Valley University’s 72nd Commencement on Thursday night in the UCCU Center celebrated the institution’s graduating class of 4,682 students who received degrees ranging from certificates of completion to master degrees.

The university’s eight individual college and school convocations will be held across campus on Friday, April 26.

President Matthew S. Holland encouraged graduates to live life “deliberately,” as described and practiced by the American philosopher Henry David Thoreau.

“The point is not choosing between transcendental escapism and industrial determination. The point is living your life so that you suck the marrow out of every opportunity. To live deliberately is to live intentionally, thoroughly, studiously and resolutely,” President Holland said.

Anousheh Ansari, the first woman of Iranian descent to journey into space and a successful engineer and entrepreneur, was UVU’s featured commencement speaker. Because of exponential change taking place in technology and an ever-shifting society, graduates will have to be “alert, aware and flexible” and use their creativity and personal dreams as a guide for them to confront life’s challenges and opportunities, Ansari said.

“We live in a unique time. Never before have we been given so much individual power. As humans, we had ability to build or to annihilate, to give life or to propagate death,” Ansari said. “As graduates, use your imagination, choose life. There is nothing to be afraid in life. Believe me, as someone who has been in the gutter and been up to the stars. Go after your crazy dreams. Change the world, don’t let the world change you.”

Ansari is co-founder, CEO and chairwoman of Telecom Technologies, Inc., and also co-founded and serves as chairwoman of Prodea Systems. A passionate social entrepreneur and active proponent of world-changing technologies, Ansari actively encourages youths to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees.

Graduates were conferred with 36 certificates of completion, 1,847 associate degrees, 2,905 baccalaureate degrees and 71 master degrees. UVU’s 2013 graduates represent all 50 U.S. states, with 3,996 students from Utah, and 96 students from foreign countries. Graduates are comprised of a multitude of ethnicities and backgrounds. The youngest graduate is 16 years old while the oldest is 79.

Honorary doctorate degrees were presented to Ansari as well as Janette Hales Beckham, the 10th general president of the LDS Church’s Young Women organization and a former Utah legislator; David G. Neeleman, the founder of JetBlue Airways and Azul Brazilian Airlines; and Doris Buffett, a philanthropist whose Sunshine Lady Foundation has benefited countless individuals seeking an education and ways to improve their lives.

Convocations for UVU’s individual colleges and schools on April 26 will be held as follows: At 8 a.m., the College of Science & Health convocation will be at the UCCU Center, the School of Education convocation will be at the Physical Education Building, and the School of the Arts convocation will be at the Sorensen Student Center Grande Ballroom. At 8:30 a.m., the College of Aviation & Public Services convocation will be at the Provo Airport, Hangar B. At 11 a.m., the Woodbury School of Business convocation will be at the UCCU Center and the University College convocation will be at the Physical Education Building. At 2 p.m., the College of Technology & Computing convocation will be at the UCCU Center. At 5 p.m., the College of Humanities & Social Sciences convocation will be held at the UCCU Center.

Anousheh Ansari, the first woman of Iranian descent to journey into space and a successful engineer and entrepreneur speaks to students at the 72nd Commencement at UVU. She was the featured commencement speaker Thursday April 25 2013. (Maria Corona, UVU Marketing)

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