Seniors will gather for spring semester graduation on July 20.

For many graduates, this will mark the end of several years of education and the beginning of new pursuits.

Andrea Hanekamp, a senior studying sociology, said she is excited to get back into the professional world.

“I’m going to Memphis, Tenn. because my family lives there. I am in the process of applying for tons of jobs. I’m going to go home, find a job and start saving money. I’m moving on to the next chapter of my life,” Hanekamp said.

Jordan Clark, a senior studying economics, said Rexburg has been a great experience. He now looks forward to a bright future.

“I’ve put in my time and done a lot of hard work here at school. I guess I’m most excited to move on and get settled and not be quite so poor,” Clark said.

Some students are not planning to move immediately into a career. Instead they plan to obtain more education.

Lisa LaLone, a senior studying exercise physiology, said she will continue her education after graduation.

“I got accepted to a nursing program back home, so I will be doing that for two years, getting my license,” LaLone said.

Whatever graduates’ plans for the future may be, the university is holding several events in conjunction with graduation. These include Grad Night, Grad Fest, Dinner at the Crossroads, Commencement and Convocations.

Grad Night will be held July 17 in the Taylor Chapel at 7 p.m. President Kim B. Clark and Sue Clark will host this event. Tickets are not required, but Sunday dress is recommended. Spouses of graduates may also attend.

Grad Fest will be held July 19 in the Manwaring Center Special Events Room from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Academic office representatives will answer graduates’ questions. Graduates will also be able to pick caps, gowns and convocation name cards.
Vendor booths, drawings and refreshments will also be available. Graduates who are not purchasing a cap and gown may purchase a tassel for $8.

An optional dinner at The Crossroads will be held July 20 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets cost $13 each. The menu will include Viking Cordon Bleu, garlic mashed potatoes, salad, a vegetable medley, rolls and cheesecake.

Commencement will be held July 20 in the BYU-Idaho Center.

Although tickets are not required for graduates, each guest must have a ticket. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Each graduate can receive seven tickets. Tickets are available online or in the Ticket Office (Kimball 130) from July 16 through July 20.

Audience members should be seated in the BYU-I Center for commencement by 5:40 p.m. Graduates should meet in the BYU-I Center basketball courts at 5 p.m. The Processional will begin at 5:40 p.m. Speakers will include President Kim B. Clark and Elder Don R. Clarke.

Clarke has been a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy since April 2011.

Prior to that time, he served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, a missionary in the Argentina Mission, the president of the Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission, a stake president, a high councilor, bishop, stake young men’s president, elders quorum president and Area President of Central America.

Clarke earned an associate degree from Ricks College and a bachelor’s degree in business from BYU. He completed a master’s degree in business administration from Washington State University.

In 1970 he married Mary Anne Jackson. They have six children.

Clarke has worked in senior executive positions in several retailing companies.

Convocation will be held July 20 at 8 p.m. Convocations will be held among individual colleges. Tickets are not required for Convocations.