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Veteran, Mom, Graduate Featured in President’s Commencement Remarks

Click here to read more about Leslie.

Since the last post, Leslie has graduated (on May 5, 2016) and was featured in the President David W. Pershing’s commencement speech.

president“The men and women receiving their degrees tonight reflect the educational diversity of this University and the individual interests and passions of our students. From art, business and biology- to communications, engineering, nursing and psychology…every corner of the campus is represented. In total, we celebrate 8,291 graduates. This talented and diverse class came to us from 23 Utah counties, all 50 states, and 92 countries. The oldest graduate is 73-years young. The youngest is just 17. Each is an integral thread in the remarkable fabric of this University community. For example, consider: Leslie Felder, from Salina Utah—who is graduating with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She describes herself as a full-time student, a full time mom, and a platoon sergeant, in the Army Reserves. Leslie spent 15-months serving in Iraq, but more recently—her hours have been spent studying in the Marriott Library’s Family Reading Room with her children nearby. She plans to continue her education, with the ultimate goal of becoming a doctor. You will note that Leslie is wearing a red, white and blue tassel and cords, as are all of the candidates for graduation who are members of the military. Would all of you please stand and be recognized, along with all veterans who are in our audience.”

We again congratulate Leslie and the many graduates of 2016. We wish them all well and hope to hear of their future successes!



For more about Leslie, click here. 
To watch the full commencement ceremony, click here.
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