LOGAN – Utah State University will award an estimated 6,039 degrees this weekend as part of its 129th graduation ceremony, according to a university release. That number has been increasing since at least 2013 when just more than 4,500 were awarded.
Former governor of Utah Jon M. Huntsman Jr. will be the commencement speaker. His address will be during the undergraduate commencement exercise at 9:30 a.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The graduate hooding ceremony will take place Friday May 6, at 1:30 p.m.
Huntsman will be one of five to receive an honorary doctorate degree. Joining him will be former chair of the Utah State Board of Regents and attorney Douglas Foxley, retired founder of the Hays Group and former vice president for corporate relations of the Tribune Company Joseph Hays, minister of higher education, science and technology for the Dominican Republic Ligia Amada Melo de Cardona and retired president and COO of the Regence Group and former chair of the Utah State Board of Regents Jed Pitcher.
Of the more than 6,000 degrees, 4,098 are Bachelor’s degrees, 1,080 are Associate’s, 762 are Master’s and another 95 are Doctorate. Females account for 2,853 of the recipients, while males account for the other 2,325.
Students from 49 states are among the graduates. Of the 293 students graduating from foreign countries, 202 are from China.
The three most popular degrees awarded will be Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (379), Economics (309) and Business Administration (166).