REXBURG, Idaho - Elder Larry Y. Wilson, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address 1,966 graduates at Brigham Young University-Idaho's 2016 Fall Semester Commencement on Friday, December 16. The event will be held at 5:45 p.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center.
The university will award 406 associate degrees and 1,576 bachelor's degrees. Of the graduates, 1,169 are women and 797 are men. More than 50 percent have served as missionaries for the Church.
Elder Wilson graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in English and American Literature. He later received a master of business administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
His professional career involved serving as the chief operating officer for Catholic Healthcare West in San Francisco, California, and as the senior vice president for financial and strategic planning for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. He has also been an officer and chairman of the California Healthcare Association, which advocates health care public policy on behalf of California hospitals.
Elder Wilson has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in Brazil, high councilor, bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, stake president, and Area Seventy.
Larry Young Wilson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on December 31, 1949. He married Lynda Mackey in October 1974. They are the parents of four children.
Accompanying Elder Wilson at BYU-Idaho's fall commencement will be Elder Kim B. Clark, General Authority Seventy and Commissioner of the Church Educational System. Clark served as president of BYU-Idaho from 2005-15. Graduates, parents, and guests can find more information about 2016 Fall Semester Commencementevents at http://www.byui.edu/graduation/fall.