Upcoming Education Week brings messages of hope, strength

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Education week this year will feature Elder Neil L. Anderson, GENTRI and other fun activities.
Education week this year will feature Elder Neil L. Anderson, GENTRI and other fun activities.

BYU will commence its week-long continuing education program commonly known as Education Week starting Aug. 17. This year marks the 93rd education week on BYU’s campus.

An excerpt of scripture in Hebrews 6:18–19, “Lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul,” will serve as this year’s Education Week theme.

“True happiness comes through anchoring ourselves to Christ and feeling the hope his Atonement provides,” said Bruce Payne, BYU Education Week program administrator.

During this week, men and women ages 14 and up come to BYU to attend classes taught by various instructors. These instructors include BYU’s faculty, seminary and institute teachers for The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints and professional experts. Class subjects include religion, marriage and family, genealogy, the arts and communication.

Participants have a variety of subjects to choose from, with more than 1,000 classes taught from 200 instructors. Youth ages 14 and up have a choice of more than 45 classes prepared especially for them.

The J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU sponsors continuing legal education classes during Education Week. Attorneys seeking CLE credit may pay a $35 fee for the week to participate in these classes. Those who wish to receive credit are encouraged to check with their respective state bars to verify CLE credit.

A devotional will be held Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 11:10 a.m. in the Marriott Center. This year’s speaker is Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve. This devotional is free and open to the public.

Three entertainment shows round out the evenings: “Crazy for You,” a Tony Award-winning song-and-dance spectacular; American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic; and GENTRI—The Gentlemen’s Trio. Tickets can be bought online or at the door.

There is also a youth dance Thursday evening. Youth must pre-register and pay $5 for this event. There will not be registration at the door.

On-campus housing is available for the week for an additional fee. Complimentary shuttles will run during the week to transport participants between parking lots and campus. Payne anticipates 19,000 attending this year’s Education Week.

For those who wish to attend, registration can be done online, over the phone by calling 877-221-6716, or by dropping off or mailing registration to the BYU Harman Continuing Education Building, located at 120 HCEB, 770 E. University Pkwy., Provo, UT 84602. Participants who register before Aug. 15 will receive a discounted rate.

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