“BYU Awards Degrees to 2,143 Graduates,” Ensign, Oct. 1973, 90
Graduates of 12 academic colleges and the Graduate School recently received diplomas at the Brigham Young University Summer Commencement.
University officials awarded 2,143 degrees—39 doctorates, 385 masters, 1,602 bachelors, and 117 associates—bringing the total for the 1972–73 academic year to 5,781.
U.S. Senator Wallace F. Bennett, Latter-day Saint from Utah, addressed the graduates before they separated for individual college convocations.
As part of the exercises, Brother R. Grant Athay, astrophysicist at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, was awarded the James E. Talmage Scientific Achievement Award.
Also honored was Monroe Paxman, national prominent authority on juvenile court problems, who received the Abraham O. Smoot Public Service Award. Brother Paxman joined the BYU faculty in September 1973.