Gail Miller to be Keynote Speaker at SUU Commencement

Published: March 12, 2021 | Author: David Bishop | Read Time: 2 minutes

Gail MillerUtah businesswoman and philanthropist Gail Miller will be the keynote speaker at Southern Utah University’s annual commencement ceremony taking place April 30 and May 1, 2021.

“We are honored that Gail Miller will speak to our 2021 graduating class,” said SUU President Scott L Wyatt. “Her life is an inspiration to us all. Gail and her late husband, Larry H. Miller, worked as a team to not only grow their business but also to give back to their native Utah. The Millers have made significant contributions to our state and we all look forward to hearing the wisdom she shares with our graduates.”

Gail Miller is the owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies and Chairman of their Board of Directors. With the purchase of a single Toyota dealership in 1979, the Larry H. Miller Group has grown to nearly 80 businesses, including over 60 automotive dealerships, the Salt Lake Bees, theatre complexes, and a variety of insurance, financial, and real estate companies.

Gail presides over the Larry H. Miller Education Foundation and the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation, which support a wide range of charitable, educational, and humanitarian causes.

Gail gives freely of her time and is actively involved in many civic and educational endeavors. She is the chairman of Intermountain Healthcare’s Board of Trustees and serves on the Zions Bank Advisory Board. She also co-chairs the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute’s Advisory Board. Gail is a member of the Shelter the Homeless Board. The Gail Miller Resource Center for homeless men and women in Salt Lake City bears her name. In 2018, she authored a book called Courage to be You: Inspiring Lessons from an Unexpected Journey with Jason Wright.

For her contributions to the state of Utah, Mrs. Miller will be awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Utah University.

Because of COVID restrictions, SUU will hold two commencement ceremonies, one Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1. Both events will begin at 9 AM. Mrs. Miller will speak at both events.

The two ceremonies will be divided by colleges.

Friday, April 30 University Commencement Ceremony

  • Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business
  • Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Sciences
  • College of Engineering & Computational Sciences
  • College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Saturday, May 1 University Commencement Ceremony

  • Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education & Human Development
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Performing & Visual Arts


For additional information about SUU’s Commencement Ceremonies visit the website.

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