LOGAN – Internationally-known businessman and president of Nike Brand, Charlie Denson will address Utah State University graduates during USU’s 126th undergraduate commencement ceremony Saturday, May 4 in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. <a href=”http://www.usu.edu/commencement/” target=”_blank”>Graduation ceremonies</a> begin at 9:30 a.m. and the procession starts at 9 a.m.
The graduate commencement and hooding ceremony is scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m. Individual college convocations will all be held Saturday.
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, will receive an honorary degree in Doctor of Humane Letters. Other honorary degree recipients include Samuel Alba (retired United States magistrate judge and current lawyer, Doctor of Humane Letters), Denson (Doctor of Business), and Mathana Santiwat (president of Bangkok University, Doctor of Business).
Officials say <a href=”http://www.usu.edu/ust/index.cfm?article=52398″ target=”_blank”>4,552 degrees will be awarded</a> with 2,360 going to females and 1,801 to males. Of the total 4,552 degrees, 3,633 will be Bachelor’s degrees, 821 Master’s degrees, 93 PhD degrees, and five Education Specialist’s degrees.
The graduates come from 46 different states and 26 different countries. China is responsible for the highest number of foreign graduates with 160 followed by Hong Kong with 28 and Dominican Republic with 11.
The most popular degrees this year are Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (393), Economics (256), Interdisciplinary Studies (173) and then Elementary Education (148).