Elder Carl B. Cook, member of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the featured speaker during BYU–Hawaii's Fall 2021 Commencement. The event will be the first in-person commencement exercise held since the beginning of the pandemic during the Winter 2020 Semester.
Accompanying Elder Cook will be R. Kelly Haws, Assistant to the Commissioner of the Church Educational System and as secretary to the Board of Trustees, who will also give commencement remarks. President John S.K. Kauwe III will conduct the commencement exercises.
- 8:00 am: Cannon Activities Center doors open.
- 8:00 am: Graduates assemble in the Aloha Center Ballroom for the academic procession.
- 9:00 am: Family and friends to be seated in the Cannon Activities Center.
- 9:15 am: Academic procession departs from the Aloha Center.
- 9:30 am: Commencement exercises begin.
- Lei giving to follow outside the CAC at the conclusion of the ceremony.
About the Speaker
Elder Carl B. Cook was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2011. He was named a member of the Presidency of the Seventy on March 31, 2018. At the time of his call to the Presidency of the Seventy, he was assigned to Church headquarters. Elder Cook has also served in the Africa Southeast Area Presidency.
Elder Cook graduated with degrees from Weber State College and Utah State University. Prior to his call, he worked in commercial real estate development. Elder Cook also served as a full-time missionary in Hamburg, Germany, and president of the New Zealand Auckland Mission.
Carl Bert Cook was born in Ogden, Utah, on October 15, 1957. He married Lynette Hansen in December 1979 in the Ogden Utah Temple. They are the parents of five children.