Education Week at a glance

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More than 18,000 participants from more than 64 states and countries are gathering for the finale of Education Week.

From Elder David A. Bednar teaching the importance of a “hashtag,” to trailers and campers lined-up in the Richard’s Building parking lot, the 2014 Education Week has been a large success.

“It’s the way I manage to get through the next year,” said participant Cindy McCormack, from Missouri.

By day five, both hashtags #ShareGoodness and #EducationWeek were trending, the anticipation for the screening of “Meet the Mormons” was growing and participants were still asking, “Do you know where the Benson Building is?”

But don’t throw away your personalized lanyard yet; the week concludes with many more inspiring speakers and classes.

Twitter user Heather Pack had the right attitude as she tweeted, “4:35 p.m. and going strong. Haven’t missed a session yet.”

Recently returned senior missionary Susan Easton Black  is speaking on  “Joseph Smith in Nauvoo” in the De Jong concert hall at 8:30 a.m.

Additionally, Brent L. Top is in the Marriott Center from 11:10 a.m. to 1:25 p.m. speaking on “The Abundant Life” and “What is this Thing That Men Call Death?” respectively.

For youth, John Bytheway is partnering with Brad Wilcox, speaking on “Learning for Myself” in the Smith Fieldhouse at 3:10 p.m.

And don’t miss the final performances of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “An Evening of Music and Inspiration” and “William Joseph in Concert,” concluding tonight.

“There are a number of factors that contribute to the uniqueness of BYU Education Week,” said Bruce Payne, administrator of the annual event. “With over 1,000 classes covering dozens of topics, people are able to attend classes that address their specific needs.”

Coincidentally to Education Week, the BYU Store removed same-sex marriage greeting cards reading “Mr. and Mr.” and “Mrs. and Mrs.” The cards were placed by Hallmark, not knowing the school wouldn’t want to sell them, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

When it all comes down to it, The Universe is wondering: How many tweets were posted? How many name badges were lost? How many “selfies” were taken?

But two things are sure: at the end of the week, one generation was added to social media, and zero same-sex greeting cards were sold at the BYU Store.

More Education Week stories and updates can be found at universe.byu.edu.

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