Former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., to deliver commencement address at USU Eastern

Graduation slated for 10 a.m. April 28
Posted Monday, April 23, 2012 - 12:30pm

 Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., will givethe commencement address for UtahState University-College of EasternUtah on April 28.The former two-term governor ofUtah is fresh off the campaign trailas a candidate for the Republicanpresidential nomination. He left therace in January.“We are deeply honored to haveGovernor Huntsman join us on sucha momentous occasion,” said USUEastern Chancellor Joe Peterson.“He brings with him a wealth of stateand international knowledge that istruly unique. The depth and scopeof his perspectives and personalexperiences are sure to inspire ourstudents.”USU Eastern will celebratewith its students the transformationfrom scholar to graduate during itsannual commencement ceremoniesat campuses in Price and Blanding.The Pr ice commencementbegins at 10 a.m., in the BunnellDmitrich Athletic Center. Alsohonored will be Price City MayorJoe Piccolo who will receive theChancellor’s Medallion. This is the74th commencement ceremony forthe college.The USU Eastern BlandingCampus will hold its graduationceremonies April 27 at 1 p.m. atSan Juan High School. The Blandingcommencement speaker is RoseGraham. Merri Shumway will begiven the Chancellor Medallion.This year marks the 33rdcommencementfor the Blanding Campus.From running the state to runningfor presidential nomination andserving as ambassador to China inbetween, Huntsman’s influence isextensive and far reaching.He began his career in publicservice as a staff assistant to U.S.President Ronald Reagan. He hassince served four U.S. presidentsin critical roles around the world,including ambassador to Singapore,deputy assistant secretaryof commerce for Asia, U.S. tradeambassador and most recently U.S.ambassador to China.As Utah›s governor, Huntsmanbrought about strong economic reforms,tripled the state’s rainy dayfund and helped bring unemploymentrates to historic lows. Duringhis tenure, Utah was named the bestmanaged state in America and beststate in which to do business. In 2008he was re-elected with a record highvote and made history by winningevery county in the state.He currently serves on theboard of Ford Motor Company,Caterpillar Corporation and the U.S.Naval Academy Foundation and aschairman of the Huntsman CancerFoundation.He is a University of Pennsylvaniagraduate and holds sevenhonorary doctorate degrees.“Commencement ceremoniesare always such a joyous time,”Peterson said. “We feel especiallyprivileged to have someone ofGov. Huntsman’s prominence andreputation to take time out of hisdemanding schedule to celebratethis special day with us.”

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