Bishop Waddell

Bishop W. Christopher Waddell, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address 2,322 graduates at Brigham Young University-Idaho's 2017 Fall Semester Commencement on Friday, December 15. The event will be held at 5:45 p.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center.

The university will award 1,794 bachelor's degrees and 553 associate degrees. Of the graduates, 1,405 are women and 917 are men. More than 50 percent have served as missionaries for the Church.

Bishop Waddell was sustained as a member of the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 2015. At the time of his call, he had been serving as a General Authority Seventy.

Bishop Waddell has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in Spain, bishop, high councilor, mission president's counselor, stake president, president of the Barcelona Spain Mission, and Area Seventy.

Bishop Waddell received a bachelor's degree in 1984 from San Diego State University. Beginning in 1984 he worked with Merrill Lynch in several positions, including first vice president of investments.

Wayne Christopher Waddell was born in Los Angeles, California, on June 28, 1959. He married Carol Stansel in July 1984. They are the parents of four children.

Accompanying Bishop Waddell at BYU-Idaho's fall commencement will be Mark B. Woodruff, Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Assistant to the Commissioner of the Church Educational System.  

Graduates, parents, and guests can find more information about 2017 Fall Semester Commencement events at