April 2, 2013
Writer: Marc Stevens
Bishop Gary E. Stevenson, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address 1,881 graduates at Brigham Young University-Idaho's winter commencement on Friday, April 12. The event will be held at 5:45 p.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center. Tickets are required for guests of graduates. Information about obtaining tickets is available at http://www.byui.edu/graduation/winter.
The university will award 668 associate degrees and 1,231 bachelor's degrees. Of the graduates, 1,121 are females and 760 are males. About 47 percent have served as missionaries for the Church.
Bishop Stevenson was serving as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and as president of the Asia North Area at the time of his call to the Presiding Bishopric in April 2012. His previous Church service includes full-time missionary in the Japan Fukuoka Mission, high councilor, bishop, stake president's counselor, and president of the Japan Nagoya Mission. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Utah State University. He cofounded Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., where he served as president and chief operating officer until 2008.
Accompanying Bishop Stevenson at BYU-Idaho's winter commencement will be Elder Paul V. Johnson, commissioner of the Church Educational System.