BYU graduation: a standard for the nations

The four-and-a half hour drive Mike and Kathy Ziegenfelder made from Pinedale, Wyo., to the BYU campus in Provo, Utah, seemed like a small gesture to cheer on their son, Paul, as he walked across the floor of the Marriott Center during summer commencement exercises on Thursday, Aug. 9.

"It is the cherry on top," the grad's father said of the exercises. "It was worth coming down for, and it is the reward. He's earned it."

The recent graduate — who received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering — said that it was a great finish to his college career, and a good reminder of what his education means.

"As I was sitting there I realized the impact I can have as a BYU graduate and what I should be shooting for as I represent BYU in my profession," he said.

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