On a cold wintry day in Rexburg, Idaho, graduates, faculty and supporters gathered in the BYU-Idaho Center for commencement exercises on Dec. 20. The class included 1,711 graduates — 462 associate degrees and 1,268 bachelor’s degrees.
BYU-Idaho President Kim B. Clark conducted and spoke at the meeting. This year marked the school’s 125th year. Among the speakers were Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, and Roger G. Christensen, assistant to the Commissioner of the Church Educational System.
“The education you received here on this inspired campus is not an end, but a beginning,” Sister Burton said. “Others of you, however, may have felt that with your cap and gown on and a diploma nearly in your hands, you are finished once and for all with finals. But I assure you this has only been a preparatory final for the final ‘final’ that lies ahead.”