Brigham Young University’s commencement for Fall semester 2018 took place at the BYU-Idaho center at 6 p.m Wednesday, December 19.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints spoke to the recent graduates about personal responsibility and gratitude.
“My counsel for you today is to accept responsibility willingly, gladly, excitedly for yourself and for what you are and for what you may become,” he said. “And in addition, for the influence you can wield in the world.”
A crucial element of that personal responsibility is a sense of personal accountability to God, Elder Christofferson said. “The capacity to live, to choose, to act, we owe it to him,” he said.
Other speakers included BYU-Idaho’s very own President Henry J. Eyring and Elder Kim B. Clark, General Authority Seventy of the Church. President Eyring spoke to the graduates about leadership.
“The promise of natural leadership will be yours as you qualify for it,“ he said.
Elder Clark said this was a very happy day for the new graduates. He encouraged them to create their homes a sanctuary of faith and learning and that BYU-Idaho can be that model of a house of learning.
“No matter where you go, I hope all of you will create what President Nelson has called a sanctuary of faith and a center of gospel learning in your homes,” he said.
BYU-Idaho’s Academic Vice President Kelly T. Burgener introduced the graduates.
Musical numbers performed included well known hymn “How Great Thou Art ”and a gentle rendition of “See Amid the Winter Snow” by the university’s Women’s Glee Choir.
Convocation ceremonies for each major department were held at 3 p.m. and one to be held at 8 p.m the same day.
Diplomas were awarded to a total of 2,562 BYU-Idaho students including 1,995 bachelor’s degrees and 589 Associate's degrees. Of those graduates, 701 were online students and 497 of them started their studies through the BYU-Idaho pathway program.
“More important than these statistics is who our students have become,” President Eyring said.