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"UVSC is going through a phenomenal transition," President Bill Sederburg told the crowd gathered at the college's McKay Events Center, referring to the Legislature's approval earlier this year of legislation that will enable the school transformation into a university by July 1, 2008.
Graduates can return next year and ask for new diplomas that reflect the name change.
"I'm really proud to be one of the first," to graduate from UVU, said Michael Strong, who received a bachelor's degree in English. "I'm excited to see what becomes of the school in the future."
Kevin Rollins, an Orem native and former Dell Inc. chief executive, delivered the commencement address, advising students to "be sure to enjoy this major milestone in your life."
He told students most of life boils down to three things: who you are, what you do and the company you keep.
"Take the time to think about who you are," Rollins said. "Don't ever lose sight that there are right and wrong answers in this quest we call life."
Rollins encouraged students to focus, and to practice what is essential to move toward greatness and share it with the rest of the world.
As for a support system, Rollins said "always surrounded yourself with the best people. Nothing will make your life more worthwhile than the company you keep."
Jeff Alexander, a former Utah lawmaker, received an honorary doctorate of public service for his involvement in UVSC causes.
Melanie Bastian, a longtime supporter of UVSC and member of the school's Board of Trustees, received an honorary doctorate of humane letters.
In addition, Ira Fulton and Mary Lou Fulton earned recognition for their support and monetary gifts to UVSC. Ira Fulton received an honorary doctorate of business affairs and Mary Lou Fulton an honorary doctorate of education.