Commencement - August 13, 2015

Commencement begins the celebration for all graduates, their families and guests, faculty/staff and administrators. Dressed in their caps and gowns, graduates participate in a processional to the Marriott Center where they are greeted by the University President and invited dignitaries.

No tickets are required and seating is open. The Marriott Center opens two hours prior to the ceremony. Those requiring special needs seating may contact the Special Events Office at (801) 422-6022 for assistance. Commencement usually lasts approximately 1 ½ hours.

Commencement Speaker

Elder Dallin H. Oaks will be the speaker at Brigham Young University’s August 2015 Commencement Exercises.

Elder Oaks is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks has served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since May 1984.

He is a native of Provo, Utah (born in 1932). He and his late wife, June Dixon Oaks, are the parents of six children. She died 21 July 1998. On 25 August 2000, he married Kristen M. McMain in the Salt Lake Temple.

Elder Oaks is a graduate of Brigham Young University (1954) and of The University of Chicago Law School (1957). He practiced law in Chicago and was a professor of law at The University of Chicago Law School for ten years. He was president of Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1980, and a justice of the Utah Supreme Court from 1980 until his resignation in 1984 to accept his calling to the apostleship.

He has been an officer or member of the board of many business, educational, and charitable organizations, including five years as chairman of the board of directors of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). He is the author or co-author of many books and articles on religious and legal subjects. In May, 2013, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty awarded him the Canterbury Medal for “courage in the defense of religious liberty.”

Commencement Schedule

Thursday, August 13, 2015
3:00 p.m. Graduates assemble for processional (parking lots north of ASB)
3:15 p.m. Parents and family members in seats at Marriott Center
3:15 p.m. Academic processional departs ASB
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Commencement Services – Marriott Center
Friday, August 14, 2015
8:00 - 10:30 a.m. First convocation schedule
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. "Meet the President" reception for graduates and parents (Assembly Hall-Gordon B. Hinckley Visitor Center)
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Second convocation schedule
2:00 - 4:30 p.m. Third convocation schedule
5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Fourth convocation schedule

Tickets are not required for commencement or college convocations.

Students who graduate in June are invited to attend the August graduation ceremonies. Students who graduate in December are invited to attend the next April graduation ceremonies.

Broadcast Information

Commencement exercises will be broadcast live on BYU TV, BYU Radio, Classical 89 KBYU-FM and