Portrait of Elder Whitney Clayton

We are pleased to announce that Brigham Young University-Idaho will broadcast an online commencement service to celebrate and recognize our Spring Semester 2020 graduates. Elder L. Whitney Clayton, Senior President of the Quorums of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address the 2,558 graduates of Brigham Young University-Idaho in an online commencement ceremony on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. MDT at www.byui.edu/live/video.

The university will award 2,080 bachelor’s degrees and 504 associate degrees. Of the graduates, 1,504 are women and 1,054 are men. Campus-based students make up 1,801 of this semester’s graduates, while 756 of the graduates are online students, and 640 of those graduating started their college career as PathwayConnect students.

Elder L. Whitney Clayton has served as a General Authority Seventy since March 31, 2001. He has served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy since 2008 and on October 6, 2015, he was named Senior President of the Quorums of the Seventy. He currently works with Elder Quentin L. Cook in supervising the Mexico Area and Elder David A. Bednar in overseeing the Middle East/Africa North Area.

He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a law degree at from the University of the Pacific. He married Kathy Ann Kipp in August 1973. They are the parents of seven children.

Elder Clayton will be accompanied at BYU-Idaho’s spring commencement by General Authority Seventy and Church Educational System Commissioner Elder Paul V. Johnson.

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.