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Sent on Mormon-News: 30Apr01

By Kent Larsen

UVSC Honors Hinckleys with Doctorates

OREM, UTAH -- Utah Valley State College presented President Gordon B. Hinckley and his wife, Marjorie P. Hinckley with honorary doctorates at its commencement Friday. The honors came as the college, one of two major institutions of higher education in Utah County, Utah, along with BYU, awarded degrees to 2,638 students. UVSC is dominated by Mormon students and faculty, although it is a state institution.

Graduates and their families gave the Hinckleys a standing ovation in the college's McKay Events Center. The college gave Sister Hinckley a doctorate of humane letters and presented a doctorate of religion and humanity to President Hinckley.

Sister Hinckley expressed surprise at the honor, "Sometimes I have to pinch myself to know my life is really real." President Hinckley urged the graduates in his remarks to both "become great and famous leaders" and look for life's simple virtues, "I hope for you the very best that life has to offer, but I hope even more for a few simple things -- things that come of the heart, things that come of the spirit, things that come of the divine within each of us. . . . My dear friends, these things are so simple that they scarcely seem worthy of mention. And yet they are the very fabric of life. When all is said and done, when you have lived your life and grown as old as I am, you recognize that it is the simple virtues that count, that make the great difference in our lives."


Hinckleys honored at UVSC graduation
Deseret News 28Apr01 N2
By Jeffrey P. Haney: Deseret News staff writer
Honorary doctorates bestowed on couple


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