Weber State University Fall 2015 Commencement

[cheering] Please be seated. As president, I am pleased to welcome you on behalf of the faculty, staff and governing boards of Weber State University to the university’s 146th commencement. [applause] The prelude and processional music were performed by the Weber State University Wind Ensemble conducted by Dr. Shannon Roberts. [applause] Seated on the platform are members of the Board of Trustees Alan Hall, Louenda Downs, Karen Fairbanks, Heather Hales, Nolan Karras, Cash Knight, Jeff Stephens and Kevin Sullivan. Theresa Theurer, member of the Utah State Board of Regents, is also present, and we would like to welcome David L. Buhler, the commissioner of higher education. We’re also pleased to have honorary degree recipient and speaker Roger Trinchero in attendance. [applause] Past honorary degree recipients, faculty, staff and student body officers are seated on the floor in front of me. I would especially like to acknowledge our faculty and staff who are retiring this year. We appreciate your dedication and service to the university, and we wish you well in your new endeavors. Let’s give them all a round of applause. [applause] Welcome, graduates! [cheering] When you decided to obtain a college degree, you did more than invest in an education. You embarked on a transformational journey. Today, as you celebrate your accomplishment, think of the person you were when you took that first step toward a college education, and think of the person you have become. You now have a basic set of skills and a growing expertise in your chosen field, but that’s just the beginning. You’ve come to understand that the world is a complicated place. You are better equipped to take on complex problems because you understand that some issues deserve a critical viewpoint. In addition, you can better imagine what the world looks like through someone else’s eyes. You have become more empathetic. Your confidence in navigating this world has likely blossomed. Maybe you had the opportunity to study abroad or participate in a community engaged learning project. Perhaps your professors helped you realize something inside of yourself that you didn’t know you possessed. You discovered that you can accomplish great things. The fact that you are sitting here today, mortarboard atop your head, tassel hanging down, is a testament to that fact. And you will continue to accomplish great things, and continue to be influenced by your professors and your classmates, who are now your colleagues. Attaining an education at Weber State does more than fill your head with knowledge: It transforms your life for good. Graduates, as you receive your diploma, realize that what you have accomplished today enables you to lead a better, more fulfilling and more satisfying life. In turn, please guide others to better lives. Use your own transformation to help transform others to happier, more capable people. Now I would like to take this opportunity to learn more about the class of 2015. Graduates, this is the interactive part of today’s ceremony. Will you help me out? [cheering] All right. First, graduates, if you are the first in your family to graduate from college, please stand up now. [cheering and applause] Please be seated. That always gets me right here. Now, please stand if you worked part time or full time while attending the university. That’s everybody. [cheering and applause] Thank you. Please be seated. Now, please stand if you participated in a service learning project, had an internship, conducted undergraduate research or completed a capstone or senior project. Stand up. [cheering and applause] Thank you. Please be seated. Graduates, please stand if you have a job waiting for you, or if you are continuing in graduate or professional studies. [cheering and applause] That’s what I like to see. [cheering and applause] Thank you. Please take your seats. Now, please stand if you are a military veteran or active military member. [cheering and applause] Thank you for your service to our country. Please be seated. Congratulations to each of you, and best wishes for your future. May you make countless other dreams happen for yourselves and for others. Now, you will soon have the opportunity to hear from Jamie Haderlie, one of our outstanding graduates of the 2015 class, who will deliver the student address. Following Jamie’s remarks, we will view a short video featuring fellow graduates, then the Board of Trustees chair, Alan Hall, will present an honorary degree to Roger Trinchero, who will then provide our commencement address. Roger will be followed by a performance of the Weber State University Wind Ensemble. Jamie Haderlie, who is pursuing a dream of becoming a comedic film and television writer, is graduating with her Bachelor of Arts degree in English today. She hopes to inspire others with her works, and one day hopes to receive an Academy Award. We’ll be waiting to hear about that Oscar nomination, Jamie. Jamie first came to Weber State in 2001 as a theatre major, and attended until 2005, when life got in the way of her finishing her education at that time. It is a testament to her Wildcat spirit and her resilience that she returned to our university last year to finish what she started. Her perseverance serves as an example to us all. After returning, Jamie found a strong mentor in assistant professor Sian Griffiths who saw creative writing talent and guided Jamie toward graduation. I’m proud to know the countless professors like Dr. Griffiths who guide students to their dreams. And I’m proud to introduce Jamie, who expertly demonstrates the high caliber and character of Weber State graduates. Ladies and gentlemen: Jamie Haderlie. [applause] I want to say bravo to each and every one of you for being here today. [applause] You are extraordinary. In a world where instant gratification reigns supreme, each of you decided to work long, difficult hours over many years to obtain your college degree. You accomplished a worthy and incredible goal when you could have just quit. Some of us here are graduating four years after completing high school, a zealous few are graduating early, and others, like myself, are here thanks to a second chance to receive a higher education. Whatever your case may be, you are here because you understand that obtaining a higher education is not an obstacle, but an opportunity. Not a burden, but a blessing. You understand that education in this world is essential. And as Kipling said, “You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din.” My very first semester at Weber State University was the fall of 2001, and today, I’m graduating with a bachelor’s degree almost 15 years after the fact. [applause] Woohoo! [applause] As a freshman, I had it made. I was a full-time student with no job, all the time in the world and all of the opportunity in the world. And I’m ashamed to say that I squandered it. I thought I knew it all, and I thought I needed a job more than an education. And after four years of floating from major to major, I made one of the biggest mistakes of my life: I left Weber State University to try and make it in the real world. And, needless to say, my decision was uneducated. You never realize what you’re missing until it’s gone. I went out and I had the nerve to be surprised that the more lucrative jobs out there require a bachelor’s degree or higher, and I held every random job from lasagna assembly at Stauffer’s — oh yeah — to selling the world’s worst cellphone packages over the phone. Odds are, I called many of you during your dinner hour. With every job I held I felt a barb dig deeper, reminding me of my mistake: When you limit your education, you limit yourself. You limit your opportunities, your skill set and you limit your life. After a decade passed me by, I never thought I’d have the opportunity to come back to school However, thanks to fortuitous timing and a very patient husband, I was able to finish what I started almost 15 years ago. It’s one of the best decisions I have ever made. Thanks to an incredible group of professor and advisors, I finished my degree in less than a year’s time while working a full-time job. [cheering and applause] This time around, I had something to fight for: I was fighting for my right to a future. And all of us here today have one thing in common: We have all fought for the right to our futures. And today we have won because we earned our degrees. [cheering and applause] Some of us may fear what life after college may or may not hold. And as someone who lived that life for over ten years, Let me tell you right now that if you have the guts to finish your degree, you have the guts to conquer anything that’s out there. [applause] Every single one of you deserves the best out of life. You owe it to yourselves and the future of mankind to keep challenging yourselves. Many of the people in this room are tomorrow’s greatest scientific minds: Doctors, writers, engineers and Oscar winners. Do not limit yourself now, because you haven’t limited yourself up to this point. Remember the words of Dylan Thomas, “Do not go gentle into that good night, rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Keep believing in yourselves, and never take for granted the tremendous value of your degree. I’m so fortunate to be able to stand here among you remarkable college graduates, remembering the words of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, for my purpose is to sail beyond the sunset and the baths of all the Western stars. “That which we are, we are. One equal temper of heroic hearts, strong in will to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.” Congratulations, heroic graduates. Here’s to the rest of our lives! [cheers, applause] [music] I didn’t think I would ever be in college, just because so many generations before me had never had that opportunity and I just never thought it was really realistic. A lot of people would say “You’re smart, Shanice, you can do it,” and sure enough, I ended up in college. And here I am, at graduation. I am the oldest of fourteen children, and my family’s super proud of me because I’m the only one in my family to get a college degree or to graduate high school. My graduation is really important to my family, especially my mom. My mom and my dad both grew up in Laos, and they never had the opportunity for an education. And I remember there was a night where my mom was telling me about how she wished she had received an education. And because she was the oldest in the family, she was also the nurturer, so she had to help my grandma and my grandpa support the rest of the family, and so she told be about a time when she would go to the school where her brothers and sisters were learning and she would just tell me how badly she wished that she could learn with them. And so that night I asked her, I said, “Well, Mom, if you could be anything that you want to be, what would you be?” And she said, “A teacher.”
And so I said, “Ok, I’ll become a teacher.”
And so that’s how I decided my major and the field I was going into. There were a lot of professors that believed in me more than I believed in myself. One was my major chair, Dr. Ollilainen. She sees a lot more in me than I give myself credit for, and it’s hard sometimes, but she always tells me that I can do better and somehow I always meet that standard, so I guess I can. When I think back to the struggles that my parents had to go through, I feel very blessed. They sacrificed so much so that I could be here, and because of their sacrifices, I’m able to be where I am today. I love sports. I love — It’s been part of my life, it’s helped me get through the struggles in my life, I’ve been an only child, so I’ve always been close to my parents. As a family we’ve gone through some really tough things. My mom battled cancer all her life, and brain tumors, and breast cancer and lung cancer. In 2010, my mom actually passed away, and so it was a really tough time and really hard to kind of prioritize my life and figure out, you know, what am I going to do? She loved watching me play sports, but ultimately she knew the bigger picture was to get an education. You know, if I didn’t get my homework done, if I wasn’t getting good grades, I wasn’t going to play my game that night. So to finally be at that end, where I’m going to graduate and make that dream come true and fulfill that dream for myself and my family, it means a lot to me. My inspiration to graduate from nursing school came from my grandmother. She was in the very first graduating class of Weber State nursing students. My grandma was so excited when I got accepted into the Weber State nursing program. We celebrated together. She also got to see me start nursing school and then she did pass away unexpectedly a month after I started nursing school, but I want to do this for her. I am graduating from Weber State with my third degree. My education at Weber State has changed me as a person. Before I went into nursing school, I would see a car accident, you know, and I wanted to help but didn’t know how. I could call 911, I could maybe try and stop bleeding, but a year ago on the day that I graduated from the Weber State nursing program, I was driving home from graduation and came across a really terrible rollover accident where both people had been ejected from the vehicle, and it was only a mile away from my home. I was the second person on the scene to respond — I was still in my graduation flowers, and I was able to jump out of the car and administer support to these people until Life Flight was able to get there. When I was playing golf in high school, I wasn’t getting recruited by a lot of schools, and to have Weber State offer me a scholarship to come down here and play golf and continue my education, it’s just been one of the biggest blessings I’ve had in my life. Because of my nursing school education at Weber State, I have the ability, even the duty, to take care of people. And I can assure someone who is hurt in an emergency situation, “I am a nurse. I can help you.” My degree is electrical engineering. I’m a big nerd, so I love math and science, and this is a perfect way to apply all of that. Electrical engineering definitely requires a lot of time. I think the biggest struggle that I had was balancing school and extracurricular activities, balancing football. There were some semesters where I would miss every single lab just because they were during football practice, and I would have to make them up on my own, and anyone who’s done labs knows they’re a lot harder when you’re on your own than when you’re in the actual lab time. And then try to have a social life, which most of the time is nonexistent. So the company we started is O-Town Kitchen, and what we do is we employ homeless mothers to help us make food products like jams and jellies. We work with the YCC Family Crisis Center in Ogden, we use their kitchen, and we employ some of the ladies who are staying there at the domestic violence shelter, and we take in produce that was donated to food pantries, stuff that is excess that they wouldn’t be able to give away and they can’t store. And we make jams and jellies, stuff with a longer shelf-life out of the stuff, and we employ homeless moms to help us, and we sell the stuff to pay their salaries. I see my own family in a lot of what we’re doing, because my family was homeless, and I see my mom in the ladies that we work with and it’s just really an amazing experience. Weber State has changed me in a lot of better ways. It’s really opened my eyes to what really is and what really can become. What I can really do, what my potential is–what I have to do to reach that potential. It’s been my friends from Weber and my professors who’ve really helped shape me, and Weber showed me that it’s ok to open up, be yourself, and follow your passions. Weber State has given me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of graduating college and being a college athlete. Weber State has helped my to reach my dreams simply by just providing us with such amazing and incredible professors that are really there for their students and really want them to succeed. Weber State has been the gateway into my professional career of nursing. They have invested in me. Weber State, to me, has been a second chance at things I never thought I could achieve or do. It’s shown me that I’m stronger than I like to give myself credit, and that I can do hard things, and I’m eternally grateful for everything that they’ve given me. [music] [applause] Hello Wildcats, how are you today? [cheering] We will now proceed with the awarding of the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities. This is the highest honor Weber State University confers upon an individual, and we are pleased to award such an degree today. Is that me? I’m going to continue. President Wight, honored guests, distinguished faculty, it is the recommendation of the Board of Trustees and the faculty of Weber State University that the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities be conferred upon Roger Trinchero. Will Louenda Downs and Nolan Karras, members of the Board of Trustees, escort Mr. Trinchero to the podium and assist in the hooding? [applause] I understand that when you’re in the wine-making business, you seek to instill excitement, and some complexity and a lasting impression. Roger J. Trinchero invokes all of those things. And much like his dedication to the wine business, Roger’s many contributions to his community and alma mater have been rich, varied and well-received. He grew up on a family winery in Napa Valley, and some of you will know its name: Sutter Home. As a young man, he played football at Weber State, and previously at UCLA. He was a Weber State linebacker during the storied era of Wildcat football coach Sark. After graduating from Weber State in 1969, he served a tour of duty in Vietnam, and his dedication to his country, as other veterans’, has never wavered. He received in 2012 the Patriot Award for holding jobs for military employees until they returned from the service. In the civilian realm, Roger continues to make his mark. He and his brother expanded Sutter Home from a family-owned winery to the top-selling premium wine brand in the country. In the 1990s, they formed the flagship winery Trinchero Family Estates, which was recognized this year with the Indy International Wine Competition Winery of the Year trophy. And after all of this success, Roger has contributed immensely to this great alma mater. He was a major contributor to the Marquardt Field House, which so many Wildcat athletes enjoy today. Everyone, would you please welcome a wonderful veteran, a businessman and Weber State alumnus Roger J. Trinchero. [applause] Ladies and gentlemen, please give him another warm Weber State welcome. Roger, please. [applause] Thank you. Thank you very much. I want to thank Chairman Hall and the Board of Trustees for this tremendous honor, and for the opportunity to speak with you today. If you would’ve told me back in 1969 when I received my diploma here at Weber State that I would be receiving such a prestigious award at this university, I would have questioned your sanity. You see, my life after graduation turned out to be entirely different from what I had expected, and that’s what I’d like to talk to you about today. When I left high school in the summer of 1964, I had two goals in mind: I wanted to be the first person in my family to graduate from college, and I wanted to play football. That was it. I had no other plans, and believed I would find out what I wanted to do with my life as time went on. I attended UCLA on a football scholarship my first two years in college. Playing football for UCLA was a tremendous experience. And in my sophomore year, our team became the first UCLA team to win in the Rose Bowl by defeating number one-ranked Michigan State on January 1, 1966. However, as rewarding as my football experience was, my academics left a lot to be desired. And after the spring semester of my sophomore year, I had fallen below acceptable UCLA standards. I left UCLA and entered junior college to concentrate on improving my grades. Coincidentally, my old high school football coach was now the head coach at that junior college, and he asked me to help him coach the defense. That was my first taste of coaching, and I loved it. My future began to take shape from simply wanting to be the first Trinchero to graduate to a desire to pursue a coaching career. When I — pardon me — when the football season ended, and the fall semester was over, I was unsure what my next move would be. I still wanted to play football, and I had successfully pulled my grades up to standard. Now I had to decide where I was going to finish my collegiate career. It was during a post-season recruiting trip that I met coach Tom Ramage from Weber State. As the junior college’s defensive coach, I was advocating on behalf of our defensive players for his consideration. After reviewing the candidates, coach Ramage asked me what my plans were. I told him that San Jose State had offered me a scholarship that I was considering. He convinced me not to make a final decision until I had a chance to visit Weber State. Frankly, I had never heard of Weber State, and I was a bit skeptical. But I liked coach Ramage, and decided a trip to Utah to visit the Weber campus and meet the coaches and players was something I ought to do. To this day, I’m not totally sure why I came to Weber. The campus was beautiful, the coaches were great, and the team’s — the team members I met made me feel like part of the family. All those things certainly contributed to my decision. But I also had a strange feeling inside that Weber State was the right place for me to be at that point in my life. That feeling proved to be a blessing. Weber was a great fit for me as a student athlete. I was able to contribute to our team by starting a middle linebacker for my junior and senior years, And continued to improve my grade point average during that time. At the end of my junior year, however, I was faced with a problem: I had decided I wanted to teach school and coach football, but was still unsure what my major should be. Thankfully, I got the help I needed from my counselor, who, after looking at my transcripts and looking at the subjects I excelled in, suggested I major in geography. So that’s what I did. Even though at the time, I didn’t even know you could major in geography. But now, my career path was becoming more focused, and I formulated a plan. I wanted to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in geography, get my teaching credentials back home in California and get — and then get a high school teaching and coaching job. What I didn’t know at thetime was that only one part of that plan would be accomplished. Pardon me. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Weber State in June of 1969, and applied for an assistant coaching job at UC San Diego. I got the job, and then proceeded to enroll in graduate school at San Diego State to pursue my teaching credential. Everything was falling into place and my career plan was right on track. But I was soon to learn sometimes the good Lord can have a different plan. After graduation I went home for the summer and was preparing to head off to San Diego when I got a phone call from my head coach. He said, “I’ve got some bad news. UC San Diego has decided to do away with their football program, and we’re out of a job.” Well that news definitely — was definitely a blow to my career plan. I needed the income from that coaching job to pay for my graduate school. So when the income disappeared, I had to scrub my plan to attend San Diego State. Now, I didn’t know what to do. My family — the family winery couldn’t really afford to hire me because it was a small operation, and my dad and older brother were barely getting by on the business. So I went to Los Angeles, stayed with some friends, and worked at a few odd jobs until the inevitable happened: I got my draft notice. In case you missed it in history class, back in the ’60s and ’70s, during the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army would induct able-bodied men into military service unless they had a deferment of some kind. When I was in school, I had a student deferment. But as soon as I graduated and failed to enter graduate school, that deferment was gone and I became eligible to serve at the request of the U.S. Army. As I sat on a bus heading for army boot camp at Fort Ord, California, in early January 1970, I recall thinking to myself that this was a far cry from what my plans had been when I left the friendly confines of Weber State. Frankly, at that point in my life, I was afraid. Not so much of being in the army, but afraid of not knowing what my future would be now that my “perfect” career plan was but a memory. It was a long bus ride, however, and by the time we rolled into Fort Ord, I had accepted my situation, and decided to do the best I could, whatever I was about to face. I’m not sure why, but deep down, I had the feeling that everything was going to be OK. I was honorable discharged from the U.S. Army at the end of 1971, two months early, after serving a tour in Vietnam. Not knowing what my next move would be, I decided to put off any quick decisions and to travel to Europe to see the many places I had learned about in my geography classes. I spend four fantastic months backpacking around Europe and North Africa, soaking in the local culture of every place I visited. It was a wonderful escape from the reality of my then-rudderless life, but it was also a great learning experience. When I returned home in June of 1972, my thought was to work at the family winery just long enough to decide what my next career move would be. It was during that time that my life would take on a whole new direction. You see, during the two years I was in the military, the family business began to grow. And in 1972 when I returned from Europe, my brother Bob told me he needed help to continue the success the winery was experiencing. I agreed to help out temporarily, until I decided what I was ultimately going to do with my life. What I was about to discover about myself came as a total surprise: My brother was the winemaker and needed help on the sales and marketing end of the business. Although I had no sales and marketing experience, I took on the challenge. Brother Bob would make the wine, we would work together to bottle and package it, and then I would deal with our wholesale and retail customers. As I got more comfortable in my job, and began developing very strong relationships with our customers, I realized that I was getting a lot of personal satisfaction in being part of a family business. The hours were long, but the business was steadily growing, and any thoughts of another career were quickly fading away. It wasn’t long before I came to realize that I was really enjoying myself doing something that I had never considered as a possibility while trying to develop my career plan. I had realized I found a career I truly loved. Life was good for me and our family back then, but we were about to find out it was going to get a whole lot better. During the harvest in 1972, my brother made a small amount of white wine made from a red grape. It was called White Zinfandel, and it would dramatically change our lives. A local wine merchant liked it, and bought about half of the 250 cases we produced. We were excited about the sale, but even more excited about the positive reaction we got from the consumers who bought the wine. We decided in 1974 to expand our production in our local California markets, and in 1975, we made White Zinfandel available to all our markets across the nation. The result was nothing short of miraculous. We began doubling our production every year, and soon, White Zinfandel was the number-one selling varietal wine in the country. Thanks to the success of White Zinfandel, we were able to grow our Sutter Home brand into national prominence. Then we began developing other brands, and eventually placed all our brands under the name of Trinchero Family Estates. From small mom & pop winery selling about 8,000 cases in 1972, we have grown to become the fourth-largest winery in the United States, and the second-largest that is family owned. Today, our yearly sales are in excess of 18 million cases representing over 40 different brands. Throughout the years, my job title has changed from general manager to vice president, from vice president to president and from president to chairman CEO. But my commitment has remained unchanged. It’s the commitment I have for a career I truly love, a career that I would have never expected when I left Weber State so many years ago. A career that as I approach retirement, I can look back on with maybe a few regrets, and maybe a few missed opportunities, but definitely with a tremendous feeling of accomplishment and a whole lot of joy. I believe that is ultimately what we all want to find in our chosen careers. You have studied hard, and are about to walk away from Weber State with a degree in your chosen field, fully expecting to carve out a career in that field. And I suspect that’s exactly what will happen for most of you. However, like me, many of you will be faced with situations beyond your control that will alter your plans. My message to you is that sometimes God’s plan for us is not what we initially envision for ourselves. Be flexible in life’s journey, and make the best of what life lays before you. Unforeseen situations may present opportunities that you had not thought about before. They can be the genesis of a career direction that you had not considered. They can reveal your true life’s calling. Remember, it’s OK to plan for the future. Just don’t count on the outcome. You may find your true calling is not what you thought it would be. But when you find it, own it, embrace it and nurture it, and someday you’ll look back and see a life well-lived, filled with satisfaction and joy. Congratulations, graduates, and God bless you all. [applause] [applause] [Weber State Wind Ensemble] [applause] Thank you, Weber State University Wind Ensemble, and thank you Roger Trinchero for your inspiring remarks. We always have to be ready for the unexpected. [applause] We will now proceed with the presentation of candidates for graduation by provost Madonne Miner. [applause] Will the candidates receiving an associate’s degree please rise? That’s all of you in purple. [cheering] Will the candidates receiving a bachelor’s degree please rise? [cheering, applause] And last, but not least, will the candidates receiving a master’s degree please rise? [applause, cheering] President Wight, as provost of Weber State University, it is my distinct honor and pleasure to present these candidates, candidates who have completed all requirements of the certificates and degrees indicated in the program of the day and thus are deemed worthy of this distinction. [applause] In the name of Weber State University, upon the recommendation of its faculty and by the authority of the Utah State Board of Regents, I hereby confer upon each of you the appropriate certificate and degree indicated in the program of the day. As a symbol of your achievement, will all of the graduates please move the tassels from the right side of your caps to the left side. [cheers, applause] The graduates for certificates, associate’s, baccalaureate and master’s degrees will be presented by the dean of each of the academic colleges, the director of the Bachelor of Integrated Studies program and the associate provost. You may please take your seats. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the graduates who are earning a Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree. Graduates, please come forward. Kendra Leigh Fowler. Cortney Joanne Foley Heidi Marie Alatorre. Dayna Lee Thompson Tyley A. Call. Megan Elizabeth Yates Valleen Nye. Janna Elisabeth Trovato Jesse Millgate Derek Sandberg Delon Craig Martin. Nathanael S. Peterson Tyler J. Torrico Antonya Begay Natalie Almeda Martin [music] Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the graduates from the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities. The first degree to be awarded will be the Master of English graduates. Graduates, all of you please come forward. Leisha Lindsay Robin Nielson Stephanie Louise Knighton Matthew D. Gerrish Aubri Ann White Jordan Stuart Devon J. Trujillo Sierra Mackleprang Jennifer Solvieg Perry Kaitlin Margaret Blaker Stephanie A. Taylor Lavinia Malekamu Roxanne Paulsen Karlie McKinnon Cassandra Nicole Arvidson Gonzalez Anthony Pham Marianne Asmus Robach Michelle Strickland Soran Mustafa Kordi Emily Corbett Rick Joseph Baird Michael Richard Farace Mitchell R. Noam Kyle Lemon Steven Tyrone Perry Amberly Dyer Hayden George Vanmideren Isaac Paul Farley Kylie Coats Shalynn Illeen Moser Sarah Jackson Kelsi Lee Mooney Spencer Paul Nielsen Kelsey Lin Christofferson Baillie Breann King Tyson D. Pendleton Blake Bischoff Nicholas Parks Graham Jessica Lauren Mullis Kellen B. Hallows Hollie M. Morphet Kacie Chappell Straw Nestor Hernan Robles Rangel Keslee Lyn Marchant Tess Jean Woodward Jennifer Ronan Drew K. Bingham Jesse Jensen Eric Ballard Murdoch Hugo Luviano Derek K. Cooper Spencer Wolfe Corbett Martha Mary Holdsambeck Amelia Lewis Christine Jane Jouffray Elizabeth Hansen McCauley J. Flint Abbigale Williams Chloe Kinney Breann Johnson Scott Arthur Stevens Mark Douglas Kindi Ann Dodds Viator Amy Anne Vidmar Janna Green Robinson Diana Leticia Ibarra Garcia Brody Jace Tait Manuela Ladrido Perez Cooper Dean Clements Jamie Haderlie Nicole Rae Walker Maggie Jordan Deissy Viveros Sariah Guadalupe Luna Rosio Hernandez Jake T. Speth Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the graduates of the College of Science. Graduates, please come forward. Jeremy Allen Mathews Elenna Rae Thomas Sharice Marie Thalman Shelly Barker Britney R. Gines Stephanie T. Surnock Gregory J. Colledge John R. Cozzens Nicholas J. Friddle Angela Holbrook Erin McKenzie Tueller Marissa Michelle Walker Raquel Dee Brittney Nicole Later Daniel A. Chavez Andrew Thomas Dilks Michelle D. Spencer Keith J. Williams Brittany Heather Roberts Mechelle Hansen Heather Gardner Jeremy Paul Okleberry Kevin Christopher Rafferty Landon Sheffield Bart Aaron Hancock Alyssa May Jack Joshua Hansen Trevor L. Garrett Kimberly N. Lowder Allie K. Singer Daniel Keith Atkinson Nicolas Dean Drysdale Evan Patrick Drage Ladies and gentlemen. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the graduates of the College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology. Graduates, please come forward. Ethan Charles Smith Chase Scott Hagman Joshua Russell Colton Smith Collin L. Welker Jacob A. Wilson Cody Alan Squadroni Thai Tu Chase Kenneth Smaellie Kyle Horspool Robert G. Heninger Adam J. Smith Daniel Jesse Broderick Joseph Andrew Tucker Karlie Boam Fogal Justin Knighton Abdulaziz Alhawaj Bruce Howard Nakae John A. Allred Stewart Pickett Jason Manuel Pontes Eduardo Cristobal Lane Reed Phuc Hoang To Landon R. Dilstra Chase Brian Jernigan Bo Bolen Matthew Brian Wheelwright John R. Peterson Alexis S. Archuleta Jackson C. Andersen Heidi Elisabeth Oettinger Alberto Apolinar Ochoa Rivera Coty Tess Forsey David Stringham Timothy Spjut Lisa Janelle Milewski Braxton Mark Willie Kaleigh Marie Patterson Patrick Collin Marks Jake Smith Joe Ross Lobato Brady L. Wilcox Angela Gail Wade Brian William Messer Patrick Angel Salazar Jason K. Brent Abdulaziz Almuhawwis Elise Brummett Alex Shumate Alan Michael Higgs Nathan K. Lindeman Fahad Alsubiat Tyler V. Hardy Sami Alanzi Kimberly Hirschi Torrico Christiaan Brent Johns Paul Anthony Lind Tyler Shane Williams Nate Halliday Holli Richins Burns Sara Elisa Pickett Julie Ann Shafto Daniel E. Prescott Mark Lusley Andrew Bills Matthew J. Barker Jared N. Elder Tyler Ondricek David McRacken Jacob James Hamblin Richard Winder Yorgason Derek Jackson Taylor J. Meek John Phillip Garrett Dustan J. Little Gabriel William Ledoux Jacob Ivan Krause Jared R. Christensen Andrew Porter Adam David Musser Andre Ahmedov Rick Lee Alexander James Gabello Jared Nicholas Smith Matthew Sterling Rich Casiano Alexander Trujillo Khalid Alatawi Stephen Sang Koy Mohammed Alamri Sovannara Chhun Hassan Alqudaihi Joseph Daniel Rich Dalton Musgrave Rashed Abdullah S. Almarshad Jake D. Abel Mshari Ali S. Almarshad Justin Arnold Call Ali Ibrahem A. Alqallaf Kelby J. Sayer Michael Ray Martin Michael Woods Justin D. Hull Trong Pham Nguyen Jaron Dennis Richins Kirsten Dawn Bateman Benjamin J. Miner Carolyn Durtschi Cassie Woods Jaden Douglas Rasmussen Chad R. Lessey Cory Wamhoth Rachael Anne Willcox Elizabeth Adams Michael E. Dove Jefferson Moyano Joseph R. Stamm Rachel Sue Bryant Rick D. Boman Paul Olson Sarah C. Petersen Katie E. Marks Dennis N. Kernaut Ladies and gentlemen, the next group of graduates we will recognize are those who’re receiving the Associate of Arts or the Associate of Science in general studies. Graduates, come forward. Emily Hoffmeister Sidney Alise Ward Phillip P. Caine Amy Lee Price Larissa Cruz Jiron Spencer Teramoto Joshua M. Griffin Wyatt Scott Hansen Catherine Lee Edwards Tyrane Jones Brianna Dorothy Bailey Michael L. Hunsaker Brittney Jo Williams McKayla Nicole Schaffer Angela Lynne Ramirez Samantha Jade Hooker Isabella Pignataro Joann Amy Holmes Breanna June Hall Dreyer Maria F. Ramirez Catherine Anne Christofferson Cora Aurelia Hawkins Greg Alonso Marchant Stephanie Dawn Faldowski Tiffany Ann Jackson Emily Criswell Austin Nathaniel Towns Jacob E. DeFelice Stacie M. Anderson Hatahansane Ariana Baker Genesis Cruz-Juarez Ann Carter Valverde Marissa Brooke Questereit Arlene Marie Smith Mella Falou Emily Jane Nerdin Jaycee Funk Karina Alejandra Borolla Ashton Marie Jackson Elizabeth Hunter Olsen Thomas Richard Steadman Angela Westover Hunter Mark Allstrom Jaclynn Katie Brooks Meisha L. Kendall Ashley Morgan Burns Brecka Jo Garcia Suzanne Augiana Mikayla Amber Gordon Deborah Marie Farley Kaitlyn Jo Haymond Alisha Marie Schofield Miranda Speth Jacquelyn Woods Jesus Garcia Karen Sue Gibbs Brianna Sue Davis Kelly Dean Natalie Barcelo Alee Harding Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the graduates from the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics. The first degrees to be awarded will be the Master of Business Administration, Master of Accounting and Master of Taxation degrees. Graduates, please come forward. Trealyn Christensen Ashley Hankins Jeffrey John Robertson Shawn K. Cottle Sean Alan Franzen Alexa Hurd Landa Rechelle McClure Adam Michael Hurst Andrew Sproul Meagan Rader Brittney Yurk Sean Bellamy Hall Levi Shepherd Jeffrey O. McMillan Tony Pett Marjorie Promet Bryan R. Grange Shane W. Rasband Jason Garcia San Juan Austin D. Seckett Scott Buxton Riley Gus Hart Lander Woodward Adam Griffin Quinn B. Jensen Jessica Lynn Petrilla Colby H. Jensen Elizabeth Houtz Blake Guy Tolman Daniel Gerardo Patino Chad B. Elam Daxon J. Workman Jacob D. Fuller Munirah Abdulrahman A. Alluhaydan Brock Don Dearden Callie E. Abing Lindsey Vernon Brassfield Zane Ryan Wright Kurt Raleigh Kunzler Heather M. Briskey Lucas Anthony Hiltner Rebecca Irene Garrett Laila Alessa Erik G. Tunbridge Alison Checketts Ferrin Eugene Jenkins Jenna Fewkes Mortensen Jason Blake Seth Q. Daimler Isaac Akers III Travis Colvin Yuta Sekiguchi Brock E. Abel Kolby Naimon McCloyn Bridger Gary Parkin Luke Patrick King Roy Horsley Angela Marie Szakara Derrick J. Knighton Carl E. Mikkelsen Matthew J. Johnson John T. Eckstrom Nicholas Ryan Valdez-Perez Nicholas B. Allen Michael Chikara Johnson Layne B. Nelson Marianna Patricia Clare Troy Cameron Brown Brittney L. Hopkins Jordon Daniel Westbroek Stephen Charles Lee Tyler L. Weaver Parker Allen Jennifer P. Lueckler Derek Adam Monkres Jordon W. Cissna Alan Smith Anthony Sean Evans Jed Rineholt Joel Randall Child Shaun G. Bowen Mathew Owen Daley Selina Rene Hadfield Kellee Louise Ormond Spencer W. Adams Darren Tucker Campbell Joel G. Petersen Mason Michael Page Nicholas Boontavy Thongrit Siyuan Wu Ashley Noel Stone Marshall Can Zhang Laura Caroline Summerill Kaden Travis Howell Jiayu Yu Shengchen Wu Yiqi Xu Ming Ge Christopher J. Giger Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the graduates of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. The first degree to be awarded is the Master of Criminal Justice. Graduates, please come forward. Patrick Lee Ashley Nicole Robertson Noah Lattin Richard P. Evans, Jr. Diana Lyn Eastman Lina Sarah Wembi Rachel Lynn Kanani Hussey-Gee Brittany Ann Price Stacey Barnett Shelbee Marie Lawson BreAnna Lynn Safsten Sheryl Lee Knight Monica Ann Clifton Tynesha Roberts Elisabeth Constance Saucedo Melissa Stockton Rachael Ann Pluim Deanna Lougy Audrey Ann Hunter Kerri Dudley Cecilia T. Gutierrez David Steven Slight Andrea Dirker Shanice Lachay Gipson Deborah Istan Jennifer J. Croft Randy S. Ferlin Dallas B. Berrett Celeste Helen McClannahan Jonathan McKenzie Taylor April Emily Muir Erica Cousler Nichols Liufau Ross Uipi Megan B. Pollock Samantha Meghan Harms Eduardo Murillo Keshya Lucas Kyle R. Watkins Travis Campbell Alexa Gallegos Jeffrey Blaine Hawkins Thomas Michael Worob Michael A. Morris Alisha Rich Jonathan R. Atkin Ashley Anne Tanner Keith Patrick Newsom Colby James Black Glenn Barnes Keilee Hess Shaylee Simmons Maranda Rachelle Reynolds Zachary Steven Jolley Cassandra Jo Colpord Julie Manning Barker Vifoa Layalaita Foya Courtney Schulz Shane David Turnbow Anastasia Marie Pili Jordan W. Snook Trenton R. Ingersoll Diane Wood Ann Lorraine Ferguson Daniel Dwight Matthews Jordan Ann Jensen Megan Chard Tera Idella Mart Kiley D. Tilby Chelsea Leigh North Zach Lewis Harris Twishekia Monique Delaney Seth Peterson Jennifer Joy Critchlow Gregory Jerome Steed Spencer Newell Malan Sean Michael Marshall Walter Michael Rosio Shane R. Heinze Isabel Juartez Brian Kohl Timothy Jay Alger, Jr. Nicholas Daniel Wood Alexxis Jolene Smith Christine Jean Unutoa Jamie Lee Chapman Gavin Rees Cheyenne Claytor Cameron Lee Page Jacob Tippets Kenneth Scott Rhoton Kevin S. Kennington Ashlee Sabina Cawley Etta Ivyn Chavez Etta Ivyn Chavez Oscar Faustino Sanchez Clinton E. Tibbitts McKenzie Moser Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce the graduates of the Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education. The first degree to be awarded will be the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Will the graduates please come forward. Daniel M. Check BillieJo Peterson Rainie Lynn Ingram Gena K. Lott Sheila Simko Mark Merrill Homer Ariel Rene Olson Katie Peterson Cyler Jurrian Preece Jesicca Passey Sarah Elizabeth Sackett Madison Keltner Jordan Robinson Kendra Marie Epperson Devin Mathhew Franke Ami Morby Evan G. Stewart and Everly Kaitlyn Anderson Crystal S. Ingersoll Lucas Merrill Weikart Jonathan Willis Jonathan T. Carlson Audrey Biggs Kylee Hogue Alyssa Ann Fowtes Camille Dennis Shantel Skeen Kate Costley Drake Sarah Lynn Read Lindsay Ritchie Child Hillori Jean Smith Jordann Lin Tate Holly Kristine McEuen Amy Summers Anna Kietzman Jennifer Stark Melissa Ashley Dye Panhia Christine Her Chelsea Lania Wood Katherine Jane Brewer Sharon K. Emmert Katelyn Diane Esplin Kassidy Linn McCowen Patricia Barrientez Sandra Marie Barnum Kalli Randall Rebecca Sue Nelson Bailey Tomisin Sheece Megan Catherine Schwinghammer Hilary Rose Robertson William J. Bullard Wendy Ann Johnson Shantel Marie Stanguard Hannah Christine Hoover Desirae Sadako Woodfield Killupintu Sisa Garrison Angela Debbie Hall Megan Kathy Voorhees Heather Laymon Alyssa Gayl Heimuli Lindsey Carter Christensen Kylie Lynn Cottle Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the graduates from Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions. The first degree to be awarded will be the Master of Health Administration and Master of Science in Nursing. Graduates, please come forward, and congratulations. Christopher S. Wiggins Joanna Smith Stephens Amy Lanae Crosland Angelina Marie Holden Ashlee K. Williams Heather Marie Brown Daemon A. Garso Kami Smith Camree Hansen Joelle Chevrier Tracy Marie Truitt Arlene L. Weglinski Megan Tamara Yarrington Matthew Denadi Nicholas C. Gittins Abbie Taylor Tisha L. Ciccone McKenzie Isbel Hickenlooper Katelyn Reed Jonathan Kirkman Trista Brooke Matheson Trisha Dawn Small Jamie Nosack Shelby Bowen Kabe Byne Horton Jason Taylor Lang David Chandler Millward Elyse Wilkinson Mindy Walker Dustin Wade Tanya Okleberry Paola Rampton Angela Daley Danielle Del Butler Nicole Doher Rebecca Paige Vanderhoeven Heather L. Wright Jake Durfee Schnakenburg Arvie Agdeppa Barut Janna Rene McMurdee Mark Cook Harris Kellie Michelle Roper Austin Von Allred Sarah Benson Parker Kirsten Chausse Kristen Marie Oki Cassie J. Bugnet Misti Lorraine Ellis Tiffany Lynn Haggerty Chelsea Ann Jenkins Megan Marie Hutzler Amy B. Martinez Katelyn Call Staker Jacob J. Scott Lucy L. Petersen Anastasia Rose Hartford Lindsay Kathleen Walters Rachel Adelina Stagg Elizabeth Anderson Sherry Myers Paul S. Paige Brad Sears Sidney Andrew Seger Jason L. Cox Sari Ann Johnson Richard Scott Bonnie Barker Jennifer Falslev Elliott John Mart Daisha Lynn Marsh David E. Hanks Audrey M. Stokes Ahmed Abdulrashid Ashur Jonathan Holloway Darcy M. Porter Monique Kiyoko Mayeda Lauren Bybee Katie Clemson Jonathan P. Stokes Brianna Elizabeth Lehman Eric Douglas Merrill Jeffrey L. Rhys Melissa A. Wilson Wasayf Albakheet James Murray Danielle Marie Gallardo Jill Hatch Andrea Nicole Moore Taylor Katelyn Wood Sierra Lee Kristen Godfrey Mackenzie Monkres Hawra Al Essa Michelle Kathryn Jordan Markie J. Sandall Jenny Mae Ellsworth Tina L. Coleman Dieu Tran Valerie Pierce Wilkes Holly Denos Paul Kaye Cowan Rebecca R. Barr Jonathan N. Ashby Emily Maxfield Don Downing MeriLynn Denison Jimmy L. Merkley Debra Mei Lam McCann Teresa Miles Hayley Nikole Hansen Amber Deanne John Karly Mae Layton Trista Lamae Leggit Danielle Henderson Charlene Elizabeth Desmond Michelle Kaye Cummings Amber Chanel Kennedy Dyane Allison Sotomayor Kacie Lynn Dickson Jorian Danielle Gillett Torrie Rae Cypers Jackie Patino Essize Kaylee Ann Beus Camille Tolman Stott Katie D. Workman Tenisha Walker Jamie Mikesell McKinley Kelsey Mariah Perkins Tesla Anne Parker Chance Copeland Catro Lauren Marie Wheelier Angie Buckway Alexandra Nicole Hecht Pollyanne Napoli Tanya Ramage Michelle Hincks Lindsay Allen Julie Von Webber Leadelle Maez Justin M. Woodruff Ashley Kennard Bryant D. Rupe Tracy Bernard Tiffany Kaye Wood Brean Payne Becca Fackrell Danielle Van Komen Kathryn R. Young Gina Dalton Michelle Taylor Gracie R. Olson Amanda Davies Abby Frodsham Angelina Shumway Kimberly Christine Nielsen Michelle Evans Kristen Bull Avery Aleck Marie Lang Amanda Rae Laws Kayla Ann Davis Hillary Enfield Lamb Chad F. Argyle Benjamin Loesch Brandon Avery Cindy Marie Arnold Lindsey G. Mortensen Ashley Daniels Laura S. Mcgurk Kathryn Grace Wallace Melinda K. Steiner Stephanie Nicole Gillespie Jeremy Eric Gillen Nathan A. Leininger Thea Lynn Anderson Kaitlyn M. Bybee Andrea Rachel Craig Shauna Chapel Pace Shayahna Kaitlyn Parry Peyton Rusty Coombs Colby Weldon Bostock Matthew Graham House Alisa L. Bault Emmy Jo Kamp Ianina M. Sousley Kiba Ramsey Catherine Elizabeth Barber Amber Cherecwich Rachel Alene Taylor Kennie Nicole Harding Jeanette Allercon Rebecca LaFevre Sims Graduates, although the journey you have taken has been a transformative one, one thing has remained constant: The support that you have received. Your graduation today is a personal achievement, but one that would have not been possible without the family, friends, faculty, staff and others who supported you. Graduates, let’s give those who supported you a big round of applause. [applause] Thank you. And now I’d like to invite Heather Hales, president of the Weber State Alumni Association, to come forward. On behalf of the Weber State University Alumni Association, it is my sincere pleasure to congratulate our graduates. All that hard work, all those late nights of study have paid off — you have a degree in your hand. Commencements are steeped with tradition, and one of the traditions here at Weber State is for the president of the Alumni Association to invite all alumni of Weber State University to stand and be recognized. And this is that time. So I invite all alumni out there, please stand and let us applaud you, and that includes our graduates now. [applause] Thank you. Thank you. What an extraordinary group to be a part of: Weber State University Alumni. For over 125 years, this institution has been a place where dreams were born, nurtured, realized and empowered for so many people. So, graduates, as you celebrate the incredible accomplishment you have reached, as you celebrate the people who helped you reach that accomplishment, remember to celebrate the place where it all happened, your alma mater, Weber State. [applause] Graduates, we invite you, our new alumni, to join the Weber State Alumni Association. You are an important part of this institution, and we want to get to know you. We want you to stay connected, and we want to provide you with career and networking support. So please join us. Your alumni membership will keep you updated on events, will invite you to — excuse me — will keep you updated on happenings, invite you to events and provide you with career support. It is also a way for you to give back because your membership will help support future students as they work toward their own graduation. Supporting students, providing programs for academic success and ultimately a degree, is what Weber State does. It did it for you. Celebrate the degree you earned, celebrate the place where you earned it, and graduates, we celebrate you. You are now, and forever, a Wildcat. [applause] Thank you, Heather. We appreciate everyone who has planned organized and participated in the commencement ceremony. I’d like to give a special shout-out to Bev Rudd, who’s done a tremendous job of putting this together. [applause] If there’s anybody in the audience who would like an additional program, they will be available at portal 14, up here. You may pick them up after the conclusion of this commencement. For those who would like to view the entire ceremony, please refer to page 23 in your program for information on watching the commencement on Weber State’s YouTube channel. Alumni, now that’s you, graduates, although today represents a transformation into a better life, I encourage you to continue your connection with Weber State University. No matter where you go in life, realize that Weber State will be here for you. You may always return to learn, to foster relationships with faculty, to support students who follow in your footsteps and to take part in Weber State activities. You will always be a part of Weber State University, a place that helped you transform your life for good. Now, would you please join the Weber State University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Shannon Roberts and student vocalist Kristine Warren in singing our school song, “Purple and White.” Now, for those of you who have not yet memorized “Purple and White,” there will be one last quiz before you graduate. I’m just kidding. The words and music are printed on the inside-back cover of your program. The recessional by the graduates will then conclude the 146th Commencement exercises of Weber State University. The audience, platform guests and faculty should remain standing during the recessional. Please rise for our school song, “Purple and White.” [“Purple and White” music] Proudly waving o’re ole Weber An Ensign of truth and right The flag I love, it waves above. I love it with all my might. Oh royalty lies in its purple And purity in its white… I’ll honored be if true to thee, And dare to do the right. Oh, I’ll be true to thee, O purple and white! And I will stand by thee in any fight; For truth and right will always be Close by thee, O flag! All thy children honor thee, Honor thine forever be. Thou art mine forever, Purple and white. [music, applause] [cheering, applause]

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