Support Local Journalism

Brigham Young University-Idaho will host its commencement virtually on Wednesday.

The ceremony will be broadcast online to recognize the Fall Semester 2020 graduates. Elder David Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be the ceremony’s guest speaker.

The university will prerecord commencement and then broadcast it at 7 p.m., Dec. 15 on BYU-Idaho’s website. BYU-Idaho Media Relations Manager Brett Crandall said in an email to the Standard Journal that no students will be walking and the ceremony will be conducted like the Winter and Spring 2020 semesters.

BYU-Idaho will award 2,035 bachelor’s degrees and 620 associate degrees, according to the BYU-Idaho newsroom. The newsroom also states 1,640 graduates are women and 1,015 are men, with more than 1,800 graduates being campus-based students and 786 as online students.

Bednar earned degrees from BYU and Purdue University. He was a professor of business management at Texas Tech University and the University of Arkansas before serving as BYU-Idaho president from 1997 to 2004.

General Authority Seventy and Church Educational System Commissioner Elder Paul Johnson will accompany Bednar during the ceremony.

“As graduates join us in this commencement service virtually, we encourage them to gather with their families, celebrate, take pictures, and share in their achievement. We commend and congratulate each graduate and hope you will join us virtually in this unique experience,” the university’s newsroom says.