Published: May 04, 2005 | Author: Renee Ballenger | Read Time: 4 minutes

Southern Utah University is proud and excited about graduating 1,072 students in just a few weeks on Saturday, May 7, 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.”

Institution of Higher Education
Southern Utah University

Commencement Location/Name of Facility
Saturday, May 7, 2005
Main Commencement Ceremony, Centrum Arena, 9 a.m.

Individual College/School Convocations:
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
College of Education, Centrum Arena
School of Business, Sorenson Physical Education Building
College of Science, Randall Jones Theatre
2-3 p.m.
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Centrum Arena
College of Computing, Integrated Engineering and Technology, Sorenson Physical Education Building
College of Performing and Visual Arts, Randall Jones Theatre

Class Size 2005

Class Size 1995 (10-year pattern)

Average GPA

Average Number of Semesters to Graduate

Number of Degrees:
Associate Degrees: 32 plus 30 Weber nurses* = 62
Bachelor’s Degrees: 893 plus 7 Weber nurses* = 900
Certificates: 19
Masters Degrees: 91
*This is the last contingent of nursing students who will graduate under the umbrella of the Weber State University/SUU program. After nearly 30 years of cooperation with the nursing program at WSU, SUU has created its own Bachelor of Science in Nursing with an innovative curriculum, and therefore all future nursing students will graduate with a four-year degree from SUU.

Breakdown by College
Master’s Bach. Assoc. Cert.

College of Computing, Integrated Engineering,
and Technology 56 14 School of Business 47 142
College of Education 44 231 7
College of Humanities and Social Sciences 297 9
College of Performing and Visual Arts 68
College of Science 99 2 10
--Nursing 7 30

Annual Tuition: (Full load/15 credits)
Resident: $1294 tuition + $233 fees = $1527
Non-Resident: $4271 tuition + $233 fees = $4504

Geographic Origin:
How many countries (for example China, Egypt, etc.) do graduates hail from? 7
El Salvador
South Korea
United States

How many U.S. states do graduates hail from? 26
Arizona New Mexico
California Nevada
Colorado New York
Florida Ohio
Hawaii Oklahoma
Idaho Oregon
Indiana Pennsylvania
Kansas Rhode Island
Maine Texas
Minnesota Utah
Mississippi Virginia
Montana Washington
North Carolina Wyoming

How many graduates from which Utah counties?
Beaver - 18 Piute - 3
Box Elder - 7
Cache - 5 Salt Lake - 106
Carbon - 10 San Juan - 10
Davis - 19 Sanpete - 37
Duchesne - 1 Sevier - 51
Emery - 15 Summit - 4
Garfield - 19 Tooele - 14
Grand - 5 Uintah - 6
Iron - 183 Utah - 78
Juab - 7 Wasatch - 8
Kane - 9 Washington - 128
Millard - 22 Wayne - 9
Weber - 13

American Indian/Alaskan Native - 4
Asian – 16
African American - 9
Caucasian - 1018
Hispanic - 7 (includes all Hispanic)
Pacific Islander - 6
Other – 12

Male 477
Female 595
Class includes 51 married couples

Age Range:
Age of youngest graduate? 20
Age of the oldest? 68

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

Commencement Speaker
Renee West Norton, see

Honorary Degree Recipients
Kent Myers, professor emeritus
Khosrow Semnani, environmental industry businessman and philanthropist
Harold Shirley, retired high school teacher and local official
Renee West Norton, president and CEO of PrimmValley Resorts

Faculty Awards
Outstanding Educator of the Year—Matt Barton
Outstanding Scholar of the Year—S.S. Moorty
Distinguished Educators of the Year—Carl Franklin, Deb Hill, Linda Marriott
Outstanding Staff of the Year—Pat Gardner, Brent Felix

Students Speaking
Invocation—Jodi Borgeson, Valedictorian, a Political Science major with a minor in Geography from Mona, Utah

Student Graduation Address—Sherry Nay, Communication major from Gunnison, Utah; named the 2004-05 National Student Speaker of the Year by the forensics honor society Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha

Benediction—KalieRae Chamberlain, Valedictorian, an English Education major from Kaysville, Utah

University Valedictorians
Jodi Borgeson

KalieRae Chamberlain

Teresa Knudson, a Math Education major with a double-minor of Computer Science
Education and Music from Centennial Park, Arizona

Cindy Sorensen, an Elementary Education major with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Gunnison, Utah,

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