This year’s LDS Business College graduates enjoy the distinction of belonging to the college’s 125th graduating class. The milestone event will be held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday, April 13 beginning at 2 p.m. This year’s graduates will receive 344 two-year degrees and 146 certificates.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will deliver the keynote address, and Patricia T. Holland, wife of Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor given by the college.
Sister Holland has a deep appreciation for the importance of education, fostered not only through her own experiences but also through the near-decade she supported her husband as president of Brigham Young University. Education can answer many needs, she said. “I believe with all my heart that people’s leadership skills are improved with education. Education does more than just teach skills and abilities. It gives people confidence to become leaders. The more education a person has, the greater their leadership skills are, and the deeper their religiosity becomes,” she said. Mrs. Holland attended LDS Business College in the 60s.
College President J. Lawrence Richards noted, “LDS Business College’s first Commencement was held 125 years ago. Today, as then, our graduates will enter the market as talented, skilled, ethical employees, prepared to make a valuable contribution. We are proud of them and their accomplishments. Through them the College’s rich tradition of enlightening minds, elevating hope, and ennobling souls continues.”
Family, friends, and all others wishing to attend Commencement exercises should be seated by 1:30 p.m. The processional begins at 1:45; the meeting begins at 2 p.m.
All are invited to attend a reception immediately following Commencement at the College’s Triad Campus, 95 North 300 West.
- This year’s graduates will receive 344 two-year degrees and 146 certificates. Students may earn two-year Associate of Applied Science degrees, Associate of Science transfer degrees, and/or one-year certificates. The most popular degrees are Business, General Studies, and Interior Design
- Overall enrollment this year averaged about 2,000 students.
- Students come from all 50 states and 67 countries.
- Sixty percent of students are under 25 years of age.
- Nearly all students—99 percent—are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Twenty-one percent are married.
- Gender distribution of graduates is 55 percent male, 45 percent female.
- 75 percent of the males and 15 percent of the females are returned missionaries.
- This year’s youngest graduate is 18; the oldest is 61.
- All students agree to live by an honor code that encourages modest dress, personal integrity, moral cleanliness, honest conduct, and abstention from alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs.
- LDS Business College was founded November 15, 1886 (ten years before Utah gained statehood) by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns the institution. Karl G. Maeser was the founding principal.
- The College offers programs in accounting, business, business administrative support, entrepreneurship, health professions, information systems, paralegal studies, professional sales, interior design, and two-year Associate of Science transfer degrees in General Studies or Business. The College’s mission is to prepare students for the job market with a skills-oriented education in an LDS environment.
- Resident tuition per semester is $1,490.
- Administrative officers include: J. Larry Richards, president; Carolyn S. Brown, vice president for academic affairs, development and accreditation; Jerry M. Bryan, vice president of administration and liaison; R. Brent Cherrington, chief information officer; Craig V. Nelson, vice president of public affairs and advancement; and Bob H. Wiser, vice president of finance and controller
- Prominent faculty and alumni include: James E. Talmage, LDS apostle, scholar, principal from 1888 to 1892; Willard Young, son of Brigham Young, principal from 1905 to 1915; Bryant S. and Ada Bitner Hinckley, faculty members in early 1900s, parents of LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, (Bryant S. was also a college principal); President Gordon B. Hinckley; Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of Twelve; Church leaders LeGrand Richards, Bruce R. McConkie, Royden G. Derrick, and Marvin J. Ashton; Evan Stephens, music teacher and composer, LDS hymns; Richard L. Evans, “Music and the Spoken Word,” Class of 1923; Monte C. Nelson, Owner of H&&R Block franchises, Class of 1948; Albert Choules, vice president Coltrin & Associates, Class of 1949; Marilyn S. Bateman, wife of former BYU president Merrill J. Bateman, Class of 1958; John Simcox, Owner of Bullock and Loosee Jewelers, Class of 1970; Keith Clark, vice president, marketing, Nevada Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Class of 1983.