Elder Clayton of the Seventy announced as commencement speaker


Senior president of the Presidency of the Seventy Elder L. Whitney Clayton speaking at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City (mormonnewsroom.com)

BYU announced that the senior president of the Quorum of the Seventy Elder L. Whitney Clayton will be the scheduled speaker for the April 2016 Commencement Exercises.

Additionally, BYU Communications announced a schedule of graduation activities leading up to commencement including details for convocation, cap and gown exchange, a party and special address by President Kevin J Worthen.

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Where: Wilkinson Student Center

When: April 8, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9:40 p.m.

  • 6 to 8 p.m.:   Chick-fil-A sandwiches and food in the CougarEat and Department Fair
  • 6 to 11 p.m.:  Fun and Games: bowling, billiards, photo booth, karaoke, ping pong
  • 8:15 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.: Prize giveaways
  • 9:30 p.m.: President Worthen remarks in the WSC Ballroom
  • 9:40 p.m.: International Folk Dance Performance


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Where: BYU Store, Upper Level

When: April 18-22, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Pre-order, Priority Pickup: April 18, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Normal Pickup: April 19-22, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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Where: Marriott Center

When: April 21, 4 p.m.

  • Graduates: line up in the parking lot north of the ASB by 3:10 p.m.
  • Guests: Doors open at 2 p.m. and seated by 3:15 p.m.


  • Graduates will walk from the ASB to the Marriott Center.
  • Guests must have all aisles clean for the procession.
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Where: BYU Store, Upper Level

When: April 22-23

  • April 22, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • April 23, from 8 a.m. to noon

Free Stuff: Return gown and hood on during April 22 return hours and get a free BYU Alumni gift bag and license plate frame. Supplies limited.

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According to BYU Communications, the convocation instructions for students and guests are found at the Registrar’s Office but provided the times and locations for each college’s convocation.

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8 a.m.

  • Ballroom, Physical and Mathematical Sciences – Wilkinson Student Center
  • Communications, Fine Arts and Communications – Harris Fine Art Center, de Jong Concert Hall
  • Kennedy Center for International Studies – Joseph Smith Building, Auditorium
  • Religious Education – Benson Building, W-111

11 a.m.

  • Family, Home, and Social Sciences – Marriott Center
  • Engineering, Engineering and Technology – Smith Fieldhouse
  • Nursing – Joseph Smith Building, Auditorium
  • Art, Design, Fine Arts and Communications – Harris Fine Arts Center, de Jong Concert Hall
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2 p.m.

  • Life Sciences – Marriott Center
  • Technology, Engineering and Technology – Wilkinson Student Center, Ballroom
  • Dance, Music, MDT, TMA, Fine Arts and Communications – Harris Fine Arts Center, de Jong Concert Hall

5 p.m.

  • Marriott School of Management (Marriott Center)
  • Law School (de Jong Concert Hall, HFAC)

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