Summarized by Eric Bunker
Serve others, Huntsman tells Y. grads
Deseret News 13Aug99 C4
By Jeff Call: Deseret News staff writer
PROVO, UTAH -- Businessman, Church member and philanthropist Jon M.
Huntsman, spoke at the commencement exercises of the largest summer
graduating class in Brigham Young University's history.
Bro. Huntsman, one of the richest men in the world, told the graduates that
one's true wealth is only represented by selfless service to others. "Let
us go forward now, as graduates, with the hope, determination and personal
commitment that whatever we do from this point on, it will involve the
lifting and loving of others," Bro. Huntsman said to the assembled.
Jon M. Huntsman, CEO of Huntsman Chemical, the largest privately owned
chemical business in the world was also bestowed with an honorary doctoral
degree of Christian Service by BYU President Merrill J. Bateman.
Though he was not listed on the program, President Hinckley, a close
personal friend of Bro. Huntsman, took time out of his schedule to pay a
surprise visit to the 2,678 graduates assembled at the Marriott Center.
Near the end of the evening, President Hinckley offered some brief remarks.
President Hinckley called BYU "a crown jewel" and expressed his pride in the
school and the graduates, saying, "Take with you the great values that you
lived since you've been here,"
President Hinckley also paid tribute to Bro. Huntsman saying, "Among the
men I've known and met, I don't know any to equal John Huntsman. He's a man
of tremendous accomplishment."
When John Huntsman and his wife, Karen, were married, they decided to set
aside $50 out of a $322 a month paycheck to give to those less fortunate
than themselves. President Hinckley urged students to follow that selfless
Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve was also in attendance as
John Huntsman is his son-in-law. Elder Haight praised him for his genuine
willingness to assist the needy.
In addition to his astounding professional successes, Bro. Huntsman has made
hefty financial contributions to many relief efforts worldwide. He also
contributed $100 million to the University of Utah to establish the Huntsman
Cancer Institute. His additional support and donations to the University of
Utah athletics led to the school to rename the basketball arena the
"Huntsman Center" in his honor.