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The graduation celebration for the BYU community begins with commencement.
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Commencement Exercises: April 25, 2019

Commencement Speaker: Elder Patrick Kearon

Elder Patrick Kearon was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 3, 2010. At the time of his call, he had been serving as a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy in the Europe Area.

Elder Kearon was named a member of the Presidency of the Seventy on August 1, 2017. He currently assists Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf in supervising the Europe and Europe East Areas and assists Elder Quentin L. Cook in supervising the North America West and North America Northwest Areas.

Elder Kearon has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and the United States in a range of industries and ran his own communications consultancy. His civic and community involvement has included service on the boards of charities, a school, an enterprise agency, and a college.

After joining the Church on Christmas Eve of 1987, Elder Kearon served in numerous Church callings, including assistant ward clerk, ward Young Men president, counselor in a bishopric, branch president, stake president, and Area Seventy.

Patrick Kearon was born in Carlisle, Cumberland, England, on July 18, 1961. He married Jennifer Carole Hulme in January 1991. They are the parents of four children.

Honorary Doctorate: Arthur C. Brooks

Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a public policy think tank in Washington, DC, where he is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise.

Before becoming president of AEI in 2009, Dr. Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. Prior to his work in academia and public policy, he spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

Dr. Brooks is a columnist for the Washington Post, host of the podcast “The Arthur Brooks Show,” and the bestselling author of 11 books on topics including the role of government, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His latest book, “Love Your Enemies” (Broadside Books, 2019), and a feature-length documentary, “The Pursuit,” will be released in spring 2019.  He has also published dozens of academic journal articles and the textbook “Social Entrepreneurship” (Prentice Hall, 2008).

Dr. Brooks holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College.

8:30 am Marriott Center doors open
9:00 am Assemble for the academic procession: Graduates (in the ASB parking lots); Faculty, Administrators, and Dignitaries (outside of the ASB)
9:15 am Family and friends to be seated in the Marriott Center
Academic Procession departs from the ASB
10:00 am University Commencement Services in the Marriott Center (duration: approx. 90 mins.)

Event Information

Students graduating December 2018, April 2019, June 2019 or August 2019 may request up to four tickets per graduate to the April, 2019 Commencement Ceremony.  Tickets may be requested at beginning Friday, February 15, 2019.

A standby line will be available at the Northeast corner of the BYU Marriott Center for those wishing to have additional guests attend Commencement.  Standby guests will be admitted on a space-available basis beginning 15 to 30 minutes prior to the start of the service.  Standby guests may choose to go directly to the Harman Conference Center or Hinckley Building overflow sites. Graduates will be notified one week prior to Commencement if additional Commencement tickets become available.

For special needs seating, please contact the Special Events Office at (801) 422-6022 for assistance.

Broadcast Information

Commencement exercises will be broadcast live on BYU TV, BYU Radio, Classical 89 KBYU-FM and

Convocation Information

College Convocations are the ceremony where graduates are recognized by name. See convocation schedule for details. 

Most college convocations do not require tickets for attendees. Check with your advisement center for details.