Drawing on President Kimball's Second Century Address, President Oaks urges us to stand tall in the gospel and embrace our uniqueness at BYU.
BYU is unique in that as we incorporate the gospel into our learning and teaching we will receive promised blessings.
BYU offers education paired with spiritual experience, which enables—and obligates—us to love and serve those around us.
President Worthen presents a refined strategic plan that focuses more students and the ways BYU can help them achieve their potential.
Access to a higher education of spiritual knowledge allows us to transcend our struggles and flaws and become more like our Savior.
The challenges and difficulties you face in your life are making something out of you through the effect you have on others.
Elder Clark G. Gilbert explains how we can draw strength from our Savior and find Christ’s peace in perilous times.
Justin Collings shares six things we should seek in order to come unto the Savior and fulfill BYU’s divine destiny as a school in Zion.
How inspired professors and faithful fellow students can help BYU flourish through an atmosphere of respect and trust.
Identifying gospel methodologies to engage in efforts “left undone” by colleagues at other prominent institutions.
Jeffrey R. Holland looks at where BYU is now and offers counsel about reaching for the university’s prophetic future.
Thoughts on the daunting but doable ways the university community can help ensure that BYU will “remain a unique university in all the world.”
A genuine BYU super graduate will recognize that true strength, resilience, durability, and adaptability comes from God.
Elder Gerrit W. Gong salutes graduates and tells their stories while celebrating BYU’s firm foundation of bedrock virtues, values, and principles.
In the challenges that lie ahead “we can, we should, and we must look unto the Savior in every thought to find every solution and to make every decision.”
C. Shane Reese implores the faculty of Brigham Young University to be consumed with conviction as they work in today's unprecedented world.
Quentin L. Cook charges BYU faculty to persist in "well-doing" by lifting their and their students' vision and building faith in Christ.
A BYU education isn’t just about gaining knowledge. It’s also about gathering: gathering in classrooms, for devotionals, and as wards and stakes.
President Kevin J Worthen teaches that the real value of a BYU education lies in the opportunity to integrate intellect with emotion and faith.
Elder Dale G. Renlund reminds the faculty of BYU that their responsibility to help students draw closer to Christ is more than a job—it is a blessing.
Dr. Spencer Fluhman shares that in your learning effort, God is seeking you just as much as you seek Him. God is "fitting you for a world that needs you."
Inspiring learning is our entire university project. It is a shorthand description of the mission and aims. It is about educating our students by study, by faith, and by experience.
Michael Orme shares how the principles of receiving revelation and understanding the Spirit are uniquely applied to Brigham Young University.
Jonathan O. Hafen, new BYU Alumni Association president, tells Spring 2018 graduates that meaningful connections will keep them "connected for good."
Rather than following the worldly motivation, we ought to heed call of BYU's “College Song”: "the head, the heart, the hand united must be true."
The BYU fight song's admonition to "rise and shout" is an anthem not just for sports teams, but for life and our quest for heaven.
James R. Rasband teaches of three paired aspirations to improve education at BYU: teaching and research, faith and intellect, unity and diversity.
This university is destined to be great—but different. Student-centered research and faith-centered teaching will help fulfill BYU's unique mission.
As we strive for meekness in our learning and teaching, we are filled with the Spirit and enabled to provide an inspiring education for each BYU student.
As you enter the next phase of your life, the BYU Alumni Association allows you to connect your unique story with so many others.
The original meaning of "awful" is more closely related to "awe" - gratitude, reverence, and respect. Be "awful." Let the experience of awe change you.
Welcome, graduates, to the BYU Alumni Association. Remember your time at this university, and how you are forever a part of something greater than yourself.
To accomplish its mission, BYU must have all parts of its community united in pursuing it.
By cultivating the light of Christ within us as well as our own unique talents, we can be the lower lights to bring others to the Savior.
The development of empathetic thinking and feeling that a legal education can promote may contribute to the development of our ability to love as the Savior loves and to truly possess charity, a central and essential celestial attribute.
The Church's global education initiative will help us prepare for greater future challenges. We must be better to learn and teach in the Lord's pattern.
As BYU alumni experience challenge and success in life, they can stay connected by sharing their stories to "Remember When, Remember Y" at rise.byu.edu.
To recall my experience, the BYU motto “Go forth to serve” has exerted boundless inspiration, courage, and guidance.
Amy Fennegan welcomes graduates into the BYU Alumni Association and invites them to join the ranks of thousands of graduates by sharing their BYU story.
Terry R. Seamons, president of the BYU Alumni Association of the time, reminds graduates that their learning doesn't end at the end of formal education.
Former President Cecil O. Samuelson receives an honorary doctorate from BYU and shares the influence of the university on his life.
President Worthen reminds BYU graduates that they have a connection to the BYU graduates of the past through individual influence and the mission of BYU.
President Worthen speaks at the dedication of the BYU Life Sciences building and honors founder John A. Widtsoe for his contribution to that college.
President Kevin J Worthen speaks at his inauguration, comparing BYU to a mountain for the elevated and ethereal learning that takes place there.
With students at the center, the mission of a BYU education is to be broad, deep, spiritually strengthening and character building.
President and Sister Samuelson shed some light on BYU's special mission and purpose and why we do what we do at this university.
During the 2013 commencement, graduates are encouraged to build on the foundation for a "great work" they developed through their education at BYU.
This is a
time that deserves reflection on our progress, on our current circumstances, and particularly on our future. BYU is not a static enterprise.
BYU is a unique university, and not just because of its religious association. Through its unique mission and aims, utilization of resources, and the morale of its students, BYU continues its mission to educate both academically and spiritually.
The efforts of BYU graduates are celebrated for their efforts to refocus, refine, and retool to receive their education and go out and serve.
Michael O'Connor encourages BYU graduates at the 2012 commencement to turn back and mentor, guide, and support the students who will follow them.
We are in the world—and we have come to this university—so that we ourselves might become microcosms of the Divine, that we might have “the image of God engraven” not only upon our countenances but also upon our very existences (Alma 5:19). Of all the microcosms in the world, surely the greatest is the man or woman who strives to become a reflection of the Savior.
April 2012 Commencement - As a graduate of Brigham Young University, you hold a mark, or banner, to represent yourself, BYU, and the Church.
BYU's motto is "enter to learn; go forth to serve" precisely because "where much is given, much is required." Always keep BYU part of who you are.
What we do say will be almost in shorthand form, but hopefully it will reflect our appreciation and gratitude for what has shaped and is influencing the lives of those who are able to have a BYU experience. We believe BYU helps us all be better people, but we must always remember that does not mean that anyone here is better than anyone else not directly connected to this unique university.
Creating a vision will renew and instill enthusiasm as we reach to achieve our potential. If we do not have a vision of what we want to accomplish, we risk mediocrity.
The future of BYU is bright. The many new campus expansions and advances will aid in fulfilling the university's mission.
As you leave this university, keep wearing the Y. Keep the Spirit of the Y alive through contributing, connecting, and serving.
Your BYU education can strengthen spiritually and intellectually. Consider how you have seen God's hand in your life.
John W. Welch examines the BYU Mission Statement and deduces that in order to have a lifetime of learning, all must stretch their minds and abilities.
Prepare for lifelong learning with personal aims that align with the gospel of Christ. Strengthen your spirit, enlarge your mind, and build character.
Represent BYU by wearing the Y in your countenance, in your speech and communication, in your example, in your choices, and in your attitude.
For many graduates, BYU has provided the tools to press forward and go forth to serve.
Zeal in a worthy cause is admirable, but becoming overzealous in any one area can damage relationships and inhibit personal balance.
Section 88 of the Doctrine and Covenants directed the early Saints to build the School of the Prophets and establish a pattern for every school in Zion.
Despite the challenges it faces and the accomplishments already attained, BYU must continue to improve so that "all may be edified of all."
This graduation day, remember that until the work is truly done, until the clock reads double zero, we should never give up on worthy goals.
I believe that with all of our problems, difficulties, and uncertainties, we have the best reasons for optimism regarding the things of greatest importance.
BYU Alumni Association president Chris Feinauer reminds us never to give up, never to leave the stadium of our effort, until the clock reads double zero.
Cecil O. Samuelson explains the special identity and purpose of Brigham Young University and views on how we strive for and measure excellence.
I am grateful that my time here at Brigham Young University helped me understand the metric by which I could measure the high points in my life.
As a BYU graduate, you carry a brand of distinction. That brand is encapsulated in the mission of this university to "assist individuals in the quest for perfection and eternal life." It is a brand worth protecting and honoring.
The sign, “Go Forth to Serve,” answers the questions of our still young and eager souls.
John S. Tanner summarizes the various ways students are learning in the light of BYU’s improving scholarship, teaching methods, and assessments.
In many universities, the priorities of research, citizenship, and teaching compete with one another. At BYU they should complement each othe.
At BYU's 2008 commencement, Bruce L. Olsen encourages graduates to give a service to the world that will burnish the name of BYU in their fields and duties.
A university education, like all learning, is wonderful - but only if we avoid pride and continue to hearken to the counsel of the Lord.
During BYU's 2008 commencement, graduating students are invited to consider as they stand in line how they can join the legacy of BYU's esteemed graduates.
Matthew N. Daley speaks as a representative of his graduating class at BYU in 2008. He encourages his peers to reflect on how they have been blessed.
A BYU education ought to instill in you a love of learning that will help you in further education, career, and eternal personal development.
Though seldom recognized, there are heroes all around us at BYU who contribute their excellent work, kind dispositions, and constant examples.
Brian K. Evans urges BYU students to be grateful for their blessings, to take advantage of their time at the university, and to help others along the way.
BYU is founded on the dreams of thousands who made this institution into what it is today. A glance into history proves that it is a house of dreams.
BYU graduates have been blessed with the means to provide for their families and to give back to their community, school, and world.
Delora Bertelsen promotes respect and appreciation for all of God's children, and focuses especially on those who foster learning at BYU.
Is a great teacher one who lectures and instructs or one who helps their students learn? Professors should both help students and be models of learning.
President Samuelson reports the positive findings of the recent accreditation examination of BYU, as well as recommendations for improvement
The uniqueness of BYU does not come from its size or prestige, but its commitment to producing graduates who are dedicated to learn for eternity.
J. Craig McIlroy tells graduates that realizing our potential means we must take advantage of the opportunities and challenges that come our way.
W. Rolfe Kerr asks BYU graduates to consider, throughout their lives, whether they are measuring up to the unique mission and blessings of this university.
BYU graduates' diplomas are evidence to the world that the university approves and endorses them. More important, however, is the approval of God.
Referencing the hopeful post-WWII era series "This I Believe," J. Craig McIlroy encourages graduates to keep the Spirit of the Y and believe in themselves.
John S. Tanner shares with BYU faculty his personal insight on the topic of learning—a process which requires both study and faith. Learning is not an event but rather something that takes place over a lifetime.
President Samuelson outlines some of the unique governing principles of BYU and how the "BYU way" applies to specific concerns in running the university.
When it comes time to cheer on BYU—not just in a sports game, but when it matters, in the university's divine mission—will you let your voice be heard?
Perhaps the most unique thing about a BYU education is that it prizes eternal and not simply academic progression. This difference in priorities encourages both faculty and students to factor in service alongside their pursuit of knowledge.
Earl C. Tingey reminds the graduating class of 2005 that as they go out into the world to serve, they must also take responsibility for their education.
It takes the contributions of many to make a BYU education happen - and a lifelong commitment to make that education worthwhile.
You have drunk deeply of the Spirit of the Y. But you are no longer recipients only; instead, you are now stewards of this university’s future.
I have good memories of my BYU experience as a student—ward activities, teaching at the MTC, intramural football games, challenging business classes, and weekly devotionals here in the Marriott Center. But I didn’t really appreciate what BYU offered until I had graduated and left the campus.
We know who we are. We know that we have made the commitment to do our parts in advancing scholarly excellence while lifting and strengthening the faith and testimonies of our students. Without apology, we affirm the supremacy of Deity, the reality of the Restoration unfolded through the Prophet Joseph, and our allegiance to today’s presiding high priests who are also the officers of our board of trustees.
President Samuelson reminds the diverse graduating class of August 2004 that the expectations for them are high, as their capacity and blessings are great.
When we learn to ask the right questions, a thought like "How can I get more out of my position?" instead becomes, "How am I using my role to bless others?"
Let us continue to do what we have learned from our university experience and seek out truth and understanding everywhere it can be found.
Graduates at BYU have been prepared not only for academia and the workplace, but also for family life, spiritual growth, and giving back.
"Each of us is to become a certain kind of person, then pass on what we have learned and what we have become."
How blessed you are to be on this beautiful campus. We release President Bateman with great thanks and welcome President Samuelson with faith and devotion.
"I am constantly reminded that today is not about me. It is all about this wonderful place and idea we know as Brigham Young University."
President Samuelson answers FAQs on his plans for BYU: "I know that the Lord’s hand is on BYU and that the work of BYU is a vital part of the Lord's work."
Brent Romney, president of the BYU Alumni Association of the time, tells students of the chance of their lifetime to become involved by giving back to BYU.
Brent W. Romney invites the graduating class of 2003 to look back as alumni with feelings of gratitude for all that they received from BYU.
Please remember this principle as you leave the university: “If you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves.”
You will receive promptings, and, from my point of view, there is no education more important than learning to know and respond to the promptings of the Spirit. Stay worthy of and live for the companionship of the Spirit.
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After reflecting on the 9/11 tragedy a year ago, BYU's president counsels students to treat the university, and their bodies, as temples of learning.
President Bateman addresses the challenges and opportunities facing BYU as it moves into the 21st century. He challenges faculty to recommit to excellence.
As we recognize the consecrated offerings of others and as we become more consecrated, we will see prophecy fulfilled in BYU's contribution to the world.
Like a banyan tree, BYU's branches extend and grow roots far beyond itself. In order to continue current progress, we must recommit to excellence.
Your diligence and perseverance and patience in arriving here today will serve you well as this graduating class goes to many parts of this world where your intellect, energy, experience, and values are so critically needed.
The university and the Church have added light to your being, but none has received the fullness that lies ahead.
During this era of incredible growth in the Church, it is crucial to keep our eye single to the glory of God by asking how our gifts can be extended to as many people as possible, including members in third world countries.
Many visions have been seen of Brigham Young University's potential. We fulfill those prophecies by diligent study, gospel living, and service to others.
President Bateman outlines the history of BYU, from the pioneer founders to the present, emphasizing the Lord's hand in the university's growth.
At the 1999 comencement, speaker Margaret D. Nadauld encourages students to become keepers of morality in a world slipping away from good, wholesome values.
BYU faculty and students are different in many ways. They are a covenant people, working with the Lord to fulfill His purposes and create a better world.
As BYU moves into the new millennium, it will continue to grow in influence, playing an important role in the Lord's plan for His kingdom.
Serving at BYU is unique because of both contractual and covenant relationships. We can choose to serve for a multitude of reasons, but the best is charity.
My address today is related to the topic of strengthening marriages and families. It’s a topic I’m generally comfortable with. But I’m not comfortable—and not just because I feel inadequate to address this audience. Family has been a popular topic for speeches on this campus recently. Both President Bateman and Elder Eyring have recently addressed us on the topic of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” (Ensign, November 1995, p.…
What do you have here that is different? I hope the BYU experience will cause you to take on those qualities that will make of you a true disciple of Jesus.
President Bateman addresses BYU's statement on academic freedom and how it aligns with the university's goal to search for both spiritual and secular truth.
I can imagine no greater honor or responsibility for a member of this faculty than to be privileged to speak with you for a few minutes in this capacity. In fact, for the life of me, I could not imagine why I was even considered for this opportunity until I received an interesting letter from KBYU informing me that the devotional addresses I gave in October 1980 and November 1981…
The process of reaching the heights prophets envisioned for BYU requires a regularly renewed commitment to its students, scholarship, and research.
Faith in a revealed religion does sacrifice the academic effectiveness of a university; it allows enhancement by giving it a charted course.
President Bateman shares with faculty some of the goals and projects that will help BYU make progress in accomplishing the goals of the university.
With a world ever more in need of intellectual, moral, and spiritual light, the mission and aims of BYU make it a "light on a hill" through study and faith.
BYU is a unique university whose goals support those of the LDS Church—academic excellence and spiritual growth. In short, it is an attempt to create Zion.
President Hinckley shares his appreciation for BYU President Rex Lee, whose faith, dedication, and strength are worthy of admiration and emulation.
BYU has weathered much in the struggle to determine its mission of blending the sacred and secular—which our students, like snow-white birds, need to fly.
How can faculty remain focused on the interests of their students and of the university while maintaining forward momentum? This age-old question can be answered when a university is looked upon as one whole rather than just as individuals or professors.
Rex E. Lee outlines some of the changes BYU has seen in his administration, as well as the changes he foresees going into the 21st century.
I welcome the BYU community this morning as we begin another school year. I especially welcome those who are new among us. In many searches and circumstances, we have prayed you here, just as you have prayed about coming here. We who gather today in the Marriott Center are the largest part, but not the entirety, of the BYU community, whose members and influence now stretch into a far-flung empire…
A summary of BYU’s future plans are proposed with the message that it is important to progress academically and in overall excellence.
Through its goals in long-range planning and its capital campaign, BYU will work through this decade to continue to to come closer to its potential.
In this upcoming self-study and planning project, let us truly examine the "spirit of the army" here at BYU, striving to reach our great potential.
Brigham Young University needs the contribution of faculty who are strong in scholarship and faith in order to fulfill its great mission.
Carefully choosing a good mentor, and nurturing a relationship with them, has a profound impact on an individual faculty member and a university as a whole.
President Lee shares a vision of BYU as a unique, top-notch institution. He addresses issues such as diversity, academic freedom, and graduation time.
BYU finds itself overlapping the world of higher education and the world of the Church. Let this be our strength, rather than our weakness.
Ownership of BYU falls to each of its students. Like the small effort of butterflies that can have drastic effects, you can make a difference here.
We are fulfilling the dream of a genuine university among the Saints. Avoid either dogmatism or cynicism, and instead foster authentic study and faith.
Building upon strong foundations has allowed Brigham Young University to succeed and improve throughout the years of its operation.
Each year brings opportunities to build BYU by upholding shared values, especially the integration of skepticism with faith in the restored gospel.
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At BYU, opportunities for learning happen not only in classrooms of education, but in contributing to a unique environment of etiquette and kindness.
President Lee examines state of the BYU—deemed spiritually, academically, and financially sound—in light of a recent conference with the Board of Trustees.
Armed with books and the spirit, BYU faculty have the incredible potential to create Saints. We must be devoted to bettering their lives and the world.
"The standard we must demand is that all we do, in the classroom and out, must reflect our respect and appreciation for our differences."
The Lord admonishes, "be one..." This unity is seen in the councils of the Church as well as the blending of scholarship and faith at this university.
The BYU educational, social, and spiritual experience is unique and not available to many. As a student here, make the most of your time and talents.
Looking back on the eighties and forward to the nineties, Dallin H. Oaks identifies challenges that lay ahead for BYU in the new decade.
BYU is becoming an educational Mt. Everest, but it must not forget its unique purpose—to support the Church by offering the best in undergraduate education.
It is time we re-evaluated what falls under the umbrella of scholarship for our faculty—because it is so much more than research at the expense of teaching.
The history of BYU is built on the stories of inspiring individuals who sacrificed their time and means. Aunt Carrie Harman’s story is no different. She set an example for all of how the application of our education unlocks opportunities and gives us a greater commitment to responsibility.
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We must gain our own vision of God and His plan. Elder Didier shows how we can learn from Adam and Eve's example to receive a vision and live faithfully.
My remarks this morning will be a little different from those I have given in years past. Each fall in this setting I have given a report on several aspects of our university work or discussed the ongoing cycle of our administrative review or explained the allocation of resources or on and on and on. And usually I have gone on and on and on. My mood and my feelings…
With a lighthearted poem, "If I Were You, What Would I Do?" President Hinckley encourages students to take advantage of their opportunities at BYU.
Elder Jacob de Jager enumerates just some of the blessings we receive by being part of BYU. Count your blessings frequently, and strive to live up to them.
Many things have changed at BYU over the years, but not its formula for success: being worthy, seeking learning, working hard, and helping others.
President Oaks tells students the expectations they should have for their BYU teachers - from their scholastic preparation to their kindness and concern.
President Kimball speaks of the dual responsibility of Brigham Young University, academic and spiritual, then dedicates the carillon tower and bells.
Your first priority at BYU is education. However, there are some fringe benefits you should take advantage of, including whom you choose to associate with.
President Oaks narrows the distance between himself and BYU students by sharing some interesting information about the student body and about himself.
Former BYU president Ernest L. Wilkinson presents BYU's history from its incipiency, reflecting on the past and anticipating a successful future.
There will be challenges this year, but stay safe, keep the Honor Code, help others, and take a well-rounded education seriously, and you will succeed.
Know that you have leaders of distinction here at BYU and that the Church invests its money and talent so heavily in this school because you are worth it.
We have a responsibility to the pioneer founders who sacrificed so much for their vision of this school to keep its spirit and purpose alive and unique.
BYU distinguishes itself from other prestigious universities because it has not denounced its faith; as students and faculty, we must not denounce ours.
There are few individuals who contributed as much to the development of Brigham Young University as Jesse Knight. From donations of money to donations of land, Jesse Knight made it possible for BYU to become what it is today.
Bryant S. Hinckley offers a tribute commemorating Karl G. Maeser, whose life and service to BYU make up an important part of the school's legacy.
As I contemplated the Y on the mountain above this campus, and how students hike each year to keep it white and clean, I thought, "I hope there is a Y in each of your hearts, and that you examine it daily to keep it pure and clean."
To commemorate Founder's Day, Bryant S. Hinckley shares the inspiring stories of some of the people who worked to establish the vision of BYU.
Bryant S. Hinckley commemorates the efforts of others in establishing BYU and reminds students to remember the heritage and potential of this institution.
Karl G. Maeser offers a final address as principal of the Brigham Young Academy, praising and blessing it for future generations.