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Ensign College announces historic 135th commencement—first with bachelor’s graduates and online certificates

Ensign College will hold its 135th Commencement exercises in the historic Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 10 a.m. For more than 13 decades, the college has honored students who seek to enter the workforce with two-year degrees and certificates. After two years of virtual commencement exercises, this year is the first face-to-face commencement under the name of Ensign College.

Speaking to this year's 570 graduates will be Elder Matthew S. Holland, General Authority Seventy, R. Kelly Haws, Assistant to the Commissioner and Secretary to the Boards, President Bruce C. Kusch, 13th president of Ensign College, and Ephraim Martey, a 2022 bachelor of applied science graduate from Ghana. Elder Holland is a member of the North America Southeast Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and previously served as Utah Valley University’s sixth president before his present calling.

Martey, one of 23 inaugural bachelor’s candidates, is the commencement’s student speaker and class flagbearer. He will speak about his educational transformation since his days in poverty in Ghana, one of West Africa’s poorest countries. To gain an education, he waded through a river to get to his mudbrick and corrugated metal schoolhouse where he learned to “use the computer mouse with a stone” and his teacher had to “draw the monitor on the blackboard.”

Audience members will be asked to be seated in the Tabernacle by 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning. Additionally, a live broadcast will be streamed for those who are not able to attend in person. The broadcast will be translated into Spanish & Portuguese.

A link to view the broadcast of the Commencement exercises will be posted on the Ensign College homepage on Thursday, April 7. An email will also be sent to graduates containing the link, which can then be forwarded to loved ones for viewing.

About Ensign College

Founded in 1886 and located at the Triad Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Ensign College is a private school within the Church Educational System operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Offering professional certificates, associate degrees, and now a limited number of bachelor’s degrees, the school’s mission is to develop capable and trusted disciples of Jesus Christ. The college offers immersive learning and intensive career preparation for students from around the globe, both in-person and online. The school’s unique “deep learning” curriculum, championed by college President Bruce C. Kusch (2017– ), fosters within students the capability, competence, and confidence to enter the workplace and become self-reliant.

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