LOGAN – Utah State University is set to award 6,229 degrees this weekend during its 130th graduation ceremony. The numbers of degrees are up from the 6,039 awarded last year and have been steadily increasing since the 4,500 awarded in 2013.
Commencement exercises will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum with procession beginning at 9 a.m. on the Quad. For the 825 students receiving a master’s degree and the 97 receiving a doctorate, hooding ceremonies will take place Friday May 5 at 1:30 p.m. in the Spectrum.
The five most popular degrees this year are economics (376), communicative disorders and deaf education (288), business administration (184), human movement science (160) and psychology (146).
Of the more than 5,000 undergraduate degrees awarded, 2,694 will be awarded to females, while the other 2,352 go to males. Among those, 49 states and 27 foreign countries will be represented. Of the foreign countries, China will have the most with 102 USU graduates, the Dominican Republic will have 21 and South Korea will have 10.
During the commencement ceremonies, honorary degrees will be awarded to former District of Utah Chief Judge Ted Stewart; businessman and humanitarian Don Wang and former 20-year member of the Utah State House of Representatives Beverly Jean Larson White. New York Times bestselling author and Wharton University of Pennsylvania professor Adam Grant, who will be the speaker at the exercises, will also be receiving an honorary degree.