Elder Craig C. Christensen

We are pleased to announce that Brigham Young University-Idaho will broadcast an online commencement service to celebrate and recognize our Winter Semester 2020 graduates. Elder Craig C. Christensen, General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address the 2,458 graduates of Brigham Young University-Idaho in an online commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 21, 2020. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. MDT at www.byui.edu/live/video.

The university will award 1,947 bachelor’s degrees and 511 associate degrees. Of the graduates, 1,512 are women and 946 are men. Campus-based students make up 1,720 of this semester’s graduates, while 717 of the graduates are online students, and 572 of those graduating started their college career as PathwayConnect students.

Elder Craig C. Christensen has served as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since October 5, 2002. At the time of his call he was serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Utah South Area. Elder Christensen became Area President of the Utah areas on August 1, 2018. He previously served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy from 2012 to 2018, with supervisory responsibilities in various areas of the Church.

As a General Authority, Elder Christensen served as President of the Mexico South Area from 2003 to 2007 while living in Mexico City. He has also served in various departments and assignments at Church headquarters, including as Executive Director of the Priesthood and Family Department. Prior to becoming a General Authority, he served as president of the México México City East Mission. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He went on to earn a master of business administration from the University of Washington. He married Debbie Jones in March 1978. They are the parents of four children and have 11 grandchildren.

As graduates join us in this commencement service virtually, we encourage them to gather with their families, celebrate, take pictures, and share in their achievement. We commend and congratulate each graduate and hope you will join us virtually in this unique experience.