To date, DSU is slated to confer 1,856 total degrees and certificates to 1,788 graduates this year, including 535 baccalaureate degrees, 1,135 associate degrees, and 186 vocational and technical certificates.
Of the 535 baccalaureate degrees to be awarded, more than half (281) of the graduates will come from four programs – business administration (110), communication (73), elementary education (58) and nursing (58). In all, students will be earning bachelor’s degrees in 26 four-year programs, including the first-ever graduating classes in finance (12), Spanish (5), medical laboratory science (3) and history (1).
Twenty-two foreign countries and 38 states are represented in the Class of 2014, while 84 percent of DSU’s graduates (1,508 students) call Utah home. Washington County natives make up 54.5 percent of Dixie’s graduating class (975), with 26 of the state’s 29 counties represented overall. Male graduates constitute 57 percent of the class and the class ranges in age from 17 to 72.
This year’s graduating class also features sixth class of high school students who will be awarded an associate degree as part of the Southern Utah Center for Computer, Engineering, and Science Students (SUCCESS) Academy program. The SUCCESS Academy is a state-approved early college high school in partnership with Washington County School District and Dixie State University. This academically rigorous and challenging program provides students the opportunity to earn an associate degree through an on-campus college curriculum while also completing their high school graduation requirements at their boundary high school. The Success Academy on the DSU campus began in the fall of 2006 and to date, 269 students have completed the program to earn their associate degrees, including 49 students this year.
Marjorie Ann Eno, a senior art major from St. George, will serve as the Baccalaureate Degree Valedictorian commencement speaker, while Nijat Aliyev, a sophomore biology major from Baku, Azerbaijan, will speak on behalf of the Associate Degree class.
Two honorary doctorate degrees will be awarded during the ceremony, with commencement speaker The Right Reverend Carolyn Tanner Irish, and longtime DSU benefactor Cheri B. Atkin, each receiving the honor. In addition, Distinguished Citizen Awards will be given to three members of the community – Gail Bunker, Frank Habibian and Terri Kane.
Dixie State’s Commencement Ceremony will be available for viewing via free live streaming video on DSU’s website and will be broadcast live on Dixie’s Community Education Channel (CEC). The ceremony will also be shown on a taped-delay basis on CEC throughout the month of May and on KUED-TV on Saturday, May 10, at 3 p.m., and KUEN-TV on Saturday, May 17, at 9 p.m.
Following the Centennial Commencement ceremony, DSU will host seven individual college convocations in two sessions, where graduates will be individually recognized and awarded their diplomas. The Associate Degree convocation will be held following the Commencement ceremony in the Burns Arena beginning at 11:45 a.m. Then at 12 noon, the School of Education and the School of Humanities convocations will be held in the Student Activities Center (Old Gym) and M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center, respectively.
Four more convocations will be held during the second session beginning at 2 p.m., including the School of Business and Communication in the Burns Arena; the School of Health Sciences in the Student Activities Center; the School of Science and Technology in the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center; and the School of Visual and Performing Arts in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theater.
For more information on Dixie State University’s 2014 Commencement activities, please visit www.dixie.edu/commencement.