Ensign College will hold its 136th Commencement exercises in the historic Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday, April 7, 2023, 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. In 2020 Ensign College began offering a limited number of Bachelor of Applied Science degrees, providing students with additional options.
Speaking to this year's 1,489 graduates will be Elder James W. McConkie III, 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 graduates Lindsay Holcomb and Jessica Orgill.
Elder McConkie is a graduate of the University of Utah and The George Washington University Law School. He has been an attorney/shareholder with Prince Yeates and Workman Nydegger and has worked as an adjunct instructor of Business Law at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Elder McConkie is a founder and director for the Wallace Toronto Foundation, a nonprofit providing assistance in the Czech and Slovak Republics. He and his wife served as mission leaders of the Czech/Slovak Mission from 2013-2016.
Holcomb came to Ensign College after receiving the Single Parent Scholarship. An Associate of Science graduate, she has served as President of the Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization (CEO) and participated in regional and international DECA and FBLA competitions. Holcomb owns and operates Advocacy Artwork, a business that sells merchandise aimed at raising awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.
Orgill, a non-traditional student, enrolled at Ensign College after a fulfilling career in law enforcement. Graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Business Management, Orgill is known for her compassion and work on behalf of families of officers killed in the line of duty. She was honored to sing at the fallen officer memorial at the Capitol in Washington, DC in 2016.
Audience members are 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 and Portuguese.
A link to view the broadcast of the Commencement exercises will be posted on the Ensign College homepage on Thursday, April 6. An email will also be sent to graduates containing the link, which can then be forwarded to loved ones for viewing.