Commencement

August 17, 2017

Commencement is the beginning of the celebration for all graduates, their family and friends, faculty/staff and administrators. Dressed in their caps and gowns, graduates walk in a procession to the Marriott Center. The president of BYU and invited dignitaries then welcome the graduates at the Marriott Center.

Commencement Information

  • 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 hours.
  • 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 Speaker

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom will be the speaker at Brigham Young University's August 2017 Commencement Exercises. Elder Hallstrom is a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 1, 2000. He served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy from April 4, 2009 to August 1, 2017. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Priesthood and Family Department.

From 2005 to 2009, Elder Hallstrom was a member of the Asia Area Presidency, headquartered in Hong Kong, and concluded that service as the Area President. From 2000 to 2003, he was in the Asia North Area, residing in Tokyo, Japan, and also serving as the Area President. Additionally, he served as Executive Director of the Church Audiovisual Department and as a member of the Young Men General Presidency.

Elder Hallstrom graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. At the time of his call to full-time Church service in 2000, he was president of the Hallstrom Group, Inc., a real estate consulting organization based in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has held various professional designations and certifications and also served as an expert witness in state and federal courts.

Elder Hallstrom has served on various boards, including the executive board of the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the President’s Roundtable of Brigham Young University–Hawaii. He was also vice chairman of Hawaii Reserves, Inc., which manages nonecclesiastical Church real estate in Hawaii. Additionally, he also has served on the National Advisory Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Elder Hallstrom has served the Church as a full-time missionary in England, elders quorum president, stake high councilor, bishop, stake president, and regional representative. He was called as an Area Authority in 1995 and as an Area Seventy in 1997.

Elder Hallstrom was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 27, 1949. He married Diane Clifton in July 1972 and they are the parents of four children.

Commencement Schedule

Thursday

 

3:00 pm

Graduates assemble for the academic procession 

(in the parking lots north of ASB)

3:15 pm Family and friends to be seated in the Marriott Center
3:15 pm Academic procession departs from the ASB

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

University Commencement Services in the Marriott Center

Broadcast Information

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