Printed on: December 13, 2012

Dignitary to speak to grads at BYU-I

By Nate Sunderland
nsunderland@postregister.com

Brigham Young University-Idaho graduates will hear from one of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' highest ranking female leaders Friday.

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, general president of the Mormon church's Primary, will address 1,909 graduates at this fall's commencement at 5:45 p.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center.

Wixom is a graduate of Utah State University and formerly served on the church's Primary general board. She is the church's 12th general Primary president.

Accompanying Wixom is Roger G. Christensen, assistant to the commissioner of the Mormon Church Educational System, who also will speak to graduates.

In what has become somewhat of a tradition at BYU-Idaho, this semester marks -- once again -- the university's largest graduating class.

The university will award 709 associate degrees and 1,228 bachelor's degrees.

This fall's graduating class grew by about 20 percent over fall semester 2011. About 1,500 students received associate or bachelor's degrees at commencement last year.

Tickets for the graduation ceremonies are available at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office. For more information, visit www .byui.edu/graduation.