Member of the First Quorum of the Seventy to speak at spring commencement

July 3, 2013

Writer: Marc Stevens

Elder Robert C. Gay, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address 1,893 graduates at Brigham Young University-Idaho's spring commencement on Tuesday, July 23. The event will be held at 5:45 p.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center. 

The university will award 685 associate degrees and 1,085 bachelor's degrees. Of the graduates, 1,089 are females and 804 are males. About 49 percent have served as missionaries for the Church.

Elder Gay was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 2012. He has served the Church in numerous capacities, including as a full-time missionary in Spain, ward mission leader, high priest group leader, gospel doctrine teacher, ward Young Men president, high councilor, bishopric counselor, and mission president.

He received a bachelor's degree in economics and statistics from the University of Utah and a doctorate in business economics from Harvard University. He has worked in financial services and business consulting and was an economics instructor at Harvard University. He and his wife, Lynette, are the parents of seven children.

Accompanying Elder Gay at BYU-Idaho's spring commencement will be Roger G. Christensen, Assistant to the Commissioner of the Church Educational System.

Graduates, parents, and guests can find more information about spring commencement events here.