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COMMENCEMENT: Interesting Stats on SUU's Class of 2004

April 23, 2004
Author: Renee Ballenger
Category: Commencement


Southern Utah University is proud and excited about graduating 1,063 students this coming Saturday, May 8, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Centrum Arena. Each of the six colleges will disburse degrees in individual Convocations ceremonies, delineated below. “It's exciting to know that we are having what we believe is a positive influence on more and more people's lives as they prepare for their futures,” Dean O’Driscoll, Director of Commencement, says. “We are very pleased with the number of students we are helping move into important professional and leadership positions in our society.”

University/College
Southern Utah University

Commencement Location/Name of Facility
Saturday, May 8, 2004
Main Commencement Ceremony, Centrum Arena, 9 a.m.

Individual College/School Convocations:

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Centrum Arena
College of Performing and Visual Arts, Randall Jones Theatre
School of Applied Science and Technology, Sorenson Physical Education Building

2-3 p.m.
School of Business, Centrum Arena
College of Science, Randall Jones Theatre
College of Education, Sorenson Physical Education Building

Class Size 2004
1,063

Class Size 1994 (10-year pattern)
682

Average GPA
3.301

Average Number of Years to Graduate
4.42

Number of Degrees:
Associate Degrees: 47 plus 23 Weber nurses = 70
Bachelor’s Degrees: 886 plus 10 Weber nurses = 896
Certificates: 13
Masters Degrees: 84

Breakdown by College
School of Applied Science and Technology: 131 bachelor's, 47 associate's
School of Business: 31 master's, 176 bachelor's
College of Education: 49 master's, 182 bachelor's
College of Humanities and Social Sciences: 256 bachelor's
College of Performing and Visual Arts: 4 master's, 51 bachelor's
College of Science: 90 bachelor's
--Nursing: 10 bachelor's, 23 associate's

Annual Resident Tuition: (Full load/15 credits)
$1166 tuition + $231 fees = $1397

Geographic Origin:

How many countries (for example China, Egypt, etc.) do graduates hail from? 9
China
Germany
Ghana
Japan
Mexico
Russia
Taiwan
Ukraine
United States

How many U.S. states do graduates hail from? 31
Alaska Montana
Arkansas North Carolina
Arizona North Dakota
California Nebraska
Colorado New Mexico
Florida Nevada
Hawaii New York
Iowa Oklahoma
Idaho Oregon
Illinois Texas
Kentucky Utah
Louisiana Virginia
Maryland Washington
Michigan Wisconsin
Minnesota Wyoming
Mississippi

How many graduates from which Utah counties?
Beaver - 18 Piute - 2
Box Elder - 7 Rich - 1
Cache - 5 Salt Lake - 106
Carbon - 13 San Juan - 5
Davis - 18 Sanpete - 21
Duchesne - 9 Sevier - 46
Emery - 23 Summit - 1
Garfield - 22 Tooele - 9
Grand - 4 Uintah - 1
Iron - 202 Utah - 70
Juab - 4 Wasatch - 3
Kane - 9 Washington - 111
Millard - 20 Wayne - 6
Morgan - 2 Weber - 6

Ethnicity:
American Indian/Alaskan Native - 9
Asian – 17
African American - 9
Caucasian - 962
Hispanic - 16 (includes all Hispanic)
Pacific Islander - 5
Other – 12

Gender:
Male 488
Female 575
Class includes 46 married couples

Age Range:
Age of youngest graduate? 19
Age of the oldest? 66

Most Popular Degrees
Accounting, Biology, Communication, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Physical Education, Psychology

Commencement Speaker
Michael O. Leavitt
EPA Administrator

Honorary Degree Recipients
Saundra Buys, MD, accomplished oncologist from Salt Lake City
Gerald Molen, Academy Award-winning Hollywood film producer

Faculty/Staff Awards
Outstanding Scholar of the Year—Gerald Calvasina

Outstanding Educator of the Year—David Rees

Distinguished Educators of the Year—Jean Adams, Merlene Ellington, Brian Heuett

Outstanding Staff of the Year — Jeanette Ormond and Matt Vanderberghe

Students Speaking
Invocation—Kaydee Weaver, SUU Student Association President, 2003-04, Communication major, Clearfield, Utah

Student Graduation Address—Mickelle E. Shea, Elementary Education major, Kaysville, Utah

Benediction—Paul Shakespear, SUU Student Association Vice President for Academics, 2003-04, Political Science major, Tropic, Utah

University Scholars
Jessica Miller - one of the two Valedictorians of SUU’s Class of 2004, a biology major with a double minor in chemistry and criminal justice, from Gunnison

Marci Ann Olsen - one of the two Valedictorians of SUU’s Class of 2004, a Psychology major/Early Childhood Education minor, from Salt Lake City.

Natalie Quilter - SUU’s Class of 2004 University Scholar, receiving a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Study degree in Social and Human Sciences which indicates a combined focus on Geography, Psychology and Nutrition, from Kearns, Utah.

Contact Information:
Renee Ballenger
435-586-1997
ballenger@suu.edu