Year-end awards at DSC, record number of degrees to be conferred

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Dixie State College to Hand Out Year-End Dixie Awards May 3

ST. GEORGE – Dixie State College of Utah will host the 2012 Dixie Awards Ceremony, May 3, at 7 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theater. The event is free for all DSC students, faculty and staff, and community members to attend. Prior to the ceremony, DSC will host a free reception from 6-7 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center lobby for all the nominees and their families.

The annual year-end awards program recognizes students, faculty and staff who have excelled in various areas of achievement throughout the academic year. The Dixie Awards, formerly known as the Rebel Awards, have been a tradition at the DSC since the 1960s.

This year’s ceremony will feature a style typical of a Hollywood-type awards presentation, featuring five finalists in over 25 award categories, ranging from academic excellence, campus spirit and service to the campus and community. Entertainment for this year’s Dixie Awards will be provided by the five finalists for the DSC Entertainer of the Year award.

In addition, the ceremony will once again take place the night before Commencement in an effort to involve family and friends of the award nominees and to establish a new legacy for the annual event.

“[2011-12] was a great year at Dixie State, and the Dixie Awards will be a fitting way to recognize those who contributed so much to our institution this year,” said Del Beatty, DSC Dean of Students. “It seems that as we continue to grow, the category finalists have become more and more qualified and each and every one of them should be congratulated for their achievements this year.”

The ceremony will also feature the formal introductions of the 2012 DSC Baccalaureate Valedictorians and Associate degree high honors graduates. In addition, the DSCSA Officers for the upcoming 2012-13 academic year will be introduced and sworn in.

For more information about the 2012 Centennial Dixie Awards, visit the Dixie State College website.

DSC to Confer 1,942 Degrees and Certificates at 101st Commencement

Dixie State College of Utah will celebrate its largest graduating class ever at its 101st Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m., in the Avenna Center Burns Arena. Graduates will begin the Processional at 9:20 a.m., marching from DSC’s Eccles Fine Arts Center down the palm-lined walkway to the Burns Arena. The community is invited to participate in all commencement activities.

To date, the college is slated to confer an even 1,700 degrees, 141 more than last year. In addition, 242 vocational and technical certificates will be awarded.

While the bulk of DSC’s students call Utah home, eight foreign countries and 29 states are also represented in the Class of 2012.

This year’s graduating class also features fourth class of high school students who will be awarded an associate degree as part of the Southern Utah Center for Computer, Engineering, and Science Students (SUCCESS) Academy program. The SUCCESS Academy is a state-approved early college high school in partnership with Washington County School District and Dixie State College.

Jordan Rich, a senior business administration major from Hurricane, Utah, will serve as the Baccalaureate Degree Valedictorian commencement speaker, while Bonnie Lish, a sophomore accounting major from Mantua, Utah, will speak on behalf of the Associate Degree class.

One honorary doctorate degrees will be awarded during the exercises, with commencement speaker and Dixie College alum Dr. Gregory A. Prince receiving the honor. In addition, Elvin M. “Andy” Anderson, Valerie B. Johnson, Bradford R. Rich, and Gloria Shakespeare will receive Distinguished Citizen Awards.

In addition, the ceremony will be available via free live streaming video on DSC’s website and broadcast live on Dixie’s Community Education Channel. The ceremony will also be shown on a taped-delay basis on CEC throughout the month of May and on KUEN-TV on Thursday, May 17, at 8 p.m.

Following the Centennial Commencement ceremony, the graduates will be individually recognized and awarded their diplomas in six individual convocations to be held in two sessions. Information on the location and times of the convocations can be found on the DSC website.

In addition, the annual Graduate Luncheon will be held that day from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the DSC Gardner Center Ballroom. The luncheon is free to graduates, while extra tickets may be purchased for $11 for adults and $7 for children 12- and under.

Luncheon tickets are available at the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office or by calling 435-652-7800. For more DSC Commencement information, please visit

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