Brigham Young University will only have one commencement beginning in April 2019.
According to BYU News, the shift will "provide a quality commencement experience for all graduating students, guests, faculty and administration."
Previously, the Church-sponsored private university has traditionally held commencement in both April and August for graduating classes, and the ceremony has taken place on Thursday afternoons at 4 p.m. In the future, commencement will take place on Thursday mornings, with college convocations following in the afternoon. Additional convocations will be held on Fridays.
BYU students who graduated in December 2018, April 2019, June 2019 and August 2019 are all invited to the April 2019 commencement, BYU News stated.
During the April 2018 commencement, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave the keynote address. In his talk, he encouraged the 6,087 graduates to be a strength to others as they departed their college campus.
"Go out there and light a candle," he said. "Be a ray of light. Be your best self and let your character shine. Cherish the gospel of Jesus Christ and live it. The world needs you and surely your Father in Heaven needs you if His blessed purposes for His children are to prevail. You have 'entered to learn.' Now 'go forth to serve' and strengthen."
In April 2018 there were 6,297 degrees given to students, with 5,393 bachelor's degrees, 726 master's degrees and 178 doctorate degrees.
Additional details regarding the change to BYU's future commencements will be announced in the months ahead.
Read the full BYU News article here.