BYU summer grads told to seek the Promised Land

After sitting in the audience and watching four of his eight children graduate from college, 58-year-old Erick Wadsworth finally knows how it feels to wear a cap and gown on graduation day.

"I thought the opportunity to finish college was gone," Wadsworth said. "Then I saw an advertisement that said 'finish what you didn't finish' and started from there. You have a dream and then you work at it. This is awesome."

For Wadsworth, Aug. 12 will always be a significant day. Not only is it the day he graduated from BYU with a bachelor of general studies — a journey he began more than 41 years ago — it is also a day for his children and grandchildren to cheer him on. Aug. 12 is also the day he was married to his wife, Marilyn, 36 years ago.

"He has worked so hard and it hasn't been easy," Marilyn Wadsworth said. "I'm just so proud."

Wadsworth is one of Brigham Young University's 2,375 June and Aug. 2010 graduates. Commencement exercises were held in the Marriott Center on the BYU campus Thursday afternoon. Elder L. Whitney Clayton, of the Presidency of the Seventy for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave the graduation address.

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