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Snow College Announces 2018 Commencement Speakers

Ephraim, UT – Commencement ceremony for Snow College Richfield graduates will be held on Friday, April 27, at 1:00 p.m. in the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield, Utah. The commencement ceremony for graduates on the Ephraim Campus will be held Saturday, April 28, at 10:00 a.m. in the Horne Activity Center. Snow College President Gary Carlston will officiate both the Richfield and Ephraim commencements.

The commencement speaker for the Ephraim Campus is Sharon Eubank, a humanitarian and member of the General Relief Society Presidency for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She will also be given an honorary degree in recognition of her service and accomplishments.  Eubank will be joined on the program by Valedictorian Mark Barton, from Manti, Utah, and Olivia Bliss, class Salutatorian from Delta, Utah.  Both students have maintained a 4.0 GPA.   Bart Nelson, a longtime faculty member, will receive a special recognition.  Theressa Alder, a local real estate broker and former chair of the Snow College Board of Trustees, will receive an honorary degree during the Ephraim Ceremony and will be the commencement speaker for the Richfield Campus. Student leaders will also address the graduates.   Senator Ralph Okerlund will receive an honorary degree in Richfield.

Guests without the necessary ticket for admission in Ephraim are welcome to view the ceremony in Eccles Center or on-line at

By the numbers:

The class of 2018 is comprised of 1,022 graduates from 19 countries, 19 U.S. states and 26 Utah counties.

A total of 1,113 degrees will be conferred. There will be awarded 22 Associates of Applied Science; 132 Associates of Arts; 13 Associates of Pre-Engineering; 819 Associates of Science; 13 Associates of Science-Business Degrees; 31 Associate of Science- Nursing; 20 Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Music; and 55 Certificates of Completion.

Of this year’s graduates, 387 are men and 667 are women. The average age of associate’s degree recipients is 22; the youngest undergraduate is 13, the oldest is 57. The average grade point average for this group is 3.4.

The largest number of undergraduate degrees awarded were in the following 10 departments, respectively: General Education, Nursing, Music, Practical Nursing, Business, Pre-Engineering, Agricultural Business, Elementary Education, Natural Resources, and English.


About Snow College

Snow College, founded in 1888 by Utah pioneers, is a two-year college with campuses located in Ephraim and Richfield, Utah. Serving more than 4,500 students, the college has been nationally recognized for its student success rates, affordable cost-for-value, involvement opportunities, and exceptional teaching. Learn more about all Snow College has to offer online at