April 2018 graduation


BYU graduates will hear from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve during the April 2018 commencement. This year’s graduating class is one of the largest BYU has ever seen. It is also the first graduating class where the majority of female graduates are returned missionaries.

Commencement will take place on Thursday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center.

The event will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYUradio and Classical 89 KBYU-FM.

Graduates will also hear from BYU President Kevin J Worthen. Jared Blanchard will be the student speaker at the commencement. Blanchard is graduating with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering.

Former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and three-term Utah governor Mike Leavitt will receive an honorary doctorate of public service.

Commencement service details

  • Tickets are not required and seating is open
  • The Marriott Center opens 2 hours before the ceremony
  • For special needs seating, please contact the Special Events office at (801) 422-6022 for assistance. (If you need signing services, seating is located off the concourse level walk-in between Portals H and J on the television platform area.)
  • Commencement lasts approximately 1 1/2 house
  • Students who graduate in December are invited to attend the next April graduation ceremonies and those who graduate in June are invited to attend the August graduation ceremonies

Commencement schedule

  • Thursday April 26
    • 3 p.m. Graduates assemble for the academic procession in the parking lots north of the ASB
    • 3:15 p.m. Family and friends take their seats in the Marriott Center; academic procession departs from ASB
    • 4 – 5:30 p.m. University Commencement Services in the Marriott Center

Meet President and Sister Worthen

Graduates and their families are invited visit the Hinckley Center Assembly Hall for a meet-and-greet with President and Sister Worthen on Friday, April 27 from 9 to 11 a.m.

ROTC commissioning ceremonies

  • Army
    • 490 Tanner Building, 11 a.m. (Thursday)
  • Air Force
    • WSC Varsity Theater, 10 a.m. (Thursday)


Convocations typically take two hours and will take place in several locations across campus on Friday, April 27.

  • Life Sciences
    • Marriott Center, 8 a.m.
  • School of Education
    • Smith Fieldhouse, 8 a.m.
  • Kennedy Center for International Studies
    • JSB Auditorium, 8 a.m.
  • Physical & Mathematical Sciences
    • WSC Ballroom, 8 a.m.
  • Fine Arts & Communications (Art, Design)
    • HFAC de Jong Concert Hall, 8 a.m.
  • Religious Education
    • W-11 Benson Building, 8 a.m.
  • Marriott School of Business
    • Marriott Center, 11 a.m.
  • Engineering and Technology (Engineering)
    • Smith Fieldhouse, 11 a.m.
  • Nursing
    • JSB Auditorium, 11 a.m.
  • Fine Arts & Communications (Dance, Music, MDT, TMA)
    • HFAC de Jong Concert Hall, 11 a.m.
  • Humanities
    • Marriott Center, 2 p.m.
  • Engineering & Technology (Technology)
    • WSC Ballroom, 2 p.m.
  • Fine Arts and Communications (Communications)
    • HFAC de Jong Concert Hall, 2 p.m.
  • Family Home and Social Sciences
    • Marriott Center, 5 p.m.
  • Law School
    • HFAC de Jong Concert Hall, 5 p.m.


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