The spring graduation season got underway Saturday with 130 students from Utah State University’s Tooele Regional Campus earning degrees.
Presented during the commencement at Tooele High School’s auditorium were six master’s degrees, one in agriculture systems technology, one in technical writing, two in human resources, and two in education.
Bachelor’s degrees were awarded to a total of 51 students. Among the bachelor’s degrees were 11 from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 19 from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, and 21 from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services.
A total of 73 associate’s degrees were also presented before an audience of families, friends and well-wishers.
“Our traditional student is the mother returning to the workforce or the displaced worker retooling job skills,” said Donna Dillingham-Evans, who completed her first year as dean and executive director of USU-Tooele.
Student speaker Bethany-Ann Grundvig, who is married with five children, described many evening conversations with her family over a stack of research studies and school papers.
“At times I thought I couldn’t do it because I wasn’t smart,” Grundvig said. “It felt impossible, but I did it.”
Marcinda Mohr was the second student speaker.
“We all come from different circumstances,” she said. “But we share self-discipline, humility, strength and confidence and the ability to adapt and grow.”
Utah’s second district Congressman, Chris Stewart, addressed the new graduates.
The graduates listened as Stewart described a trip to Morocco during which he visited an ancient part of the city of Casablanca that local authorities told him was a dangerous place, especially for Westerners.
Stewart drew a mental picture of a small shop situated in an alcove in an old wall of the city. The shop owner looked like Gandalf, from “Lord of the Rings,” Stewart said.
“Here, in this most unkindly of places on earth, where anti-Western and anti-freedom feelings were strong, on the wall behind the shop owner was a poster that read ‘Four score and seven years ago . . .’” said the congressman. “The words of freedom had reached even this place. We live in a nation willing to sacrifice and work hard for accomplishments. With your education, you have so much to look forward to.”