SUU President Offers Encouragement to Graduating Class

Published: April 24, 2020 | Author: David Bishop | Read Time: 1 minutes

On what should have been Southern Utah University’s Commencement date, SUU President Scott L Wyatt offers this message to graduates, “sunrise always follows darkness.” Like every university in Utah and throughout the United States, SUU was forced to postpone the spring commencement ceremony because of the outbreak of COVID-19.

SUU has rescheduled its annual graduation events for Saturday, August 8, if permitted by state and federal health authorities.

A video created by graduating senior Jake Nordfelt, a student worker in SUU’s marketing communications office, relies on a previous graduation message from President Wyatt to offer words of hope and encouragement for the university’s graduating class.

“Life has its ups and downs,” said President Wyatt. “You will all face disappointments, heartaches and pain. These are defining conditions of the human experience. Sunrise always follows darkness. Winter always, eventually, gives way to spring. You have wonderful moments, glorious triumphs, beautiful relationships and indescribable joys ahead of you.”

As the 2020 spring semester ends this week, 2,059 SUU students will graduate with either a master’s, bachelor’s, or associate degree or a certificate. Those students averaged a 3.49 grade point average during their academic careers and range in age from 17 to 66.

Further details about SUU’s rescheduled commencement event will be released at a later date.

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