Convocation ceremonies for the College of Fine Arts and Communications will take place on Friday, April 26, 2013. All ceremonies will take place in the de Jong Concert Hall at the following times:

  • 8:00 a.m.: Department of Communications
  • 11:00 a.m.: Department of Visual Arts
  • 2:00 p.m.: Department of Dance, School of Music, Department of Theater and Media Arts

Graduates need to meet in the HFAC tunnel 45 minutes prior to convocation. The tunnel is located on the 2nd floor in the north end of the building.

Here is a snapshot of CFAC graduates being honored at Convocation:

Undergraduate Students

Degree Male Female Total
Bachelor of Arts 113 249 362
Bachelor of Fine Arts 36 50 86
Bachelor of Music 34 46 80
Total 183 345 528


Graduate Students

Degree Male Female Total
Master of Arts 7 9 16
Master of Music 4 3 7
Total 11 12 23


Speakers, by session

Department of Communications: Ed Carter

Professor Ed Carter will speak at the convocation for the Department of Communications.

Professor Carter is currently an Associate Professor of Communications at Brigham Young University. He occasionally engages in legal consulting and represents news media clients and others in federal and state courts.

Carter received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from BYU and his master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. After completing law school at the the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU, he served as a law clerk for Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert, after which he returned to BYU as a faculty member in the Communications Department. Along with his teaching responsibilities he is also currently the Editor-in-Chief of the campus paper, The Universe.

Carter has worked for newspapers in Utah, Illinois, and Washington, D.C and has served as a law clerk for the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has had several articles and other works published by major journals and was also on a panel to present at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual convention.

In 2012 Carter and fellow professor Ed Adams found journals and books that explained the Supreme Court mystery of “the switch in time that saved nine”. The documents were by Merlo Pusey, a reporter from the 1940s whose main focus was the Supreme Court and its various Justices.


Department of Dance, Department of Theater and Media Art, School of Music: Dean Duncan

The ceremony for the departments of Dance, Theatre and Media Arts, the School of Music, and the Music Dance Theatre program will feature Professor Dean Duncan.

Dean Duncan is a native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He specializes in the relationship between film and its sister arts, the documentary idea, and literature and film for children and families.

Dr. Duncan received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film Production from Brigham Young University in 1987. His MA in film criticism came from the University of Southern California in 1992, after which he completed his PhD in 1999, at the University of Glasgow, in Scotland.

Since 1992 Dr. Duncan has been a faculty member of BYU’s Theatre and Media Arts Department. In 2008 he was awarded BYU’s prestigious three-year Alcuin research fellowship.

Dean and his wife, Sharon Anderson, are the parents of six children.


Department of Visual Arts: Gary Barton

Gary Barton will present at the convocation for the Department of Visual Arts.

Dean Barton graduated from Brigham Young University in 1989 with a BFA in Printmaking. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio State University in Art in 1994. He later returned to BYU as a faculty member in the Visual Arts Department. In 2007 BYU awarded him with the Joseph E. White Teaching and Learning Fellowship.

As a professor and artist Barton works primarily in two-dimensional media including painting, printmaking, and mixed media. He has shown his work extensively in national and international exhibitions and has received numerous grants and awards for his work, including the Award for Excellence in Creative Works from BYU’s College of Fine Arts and Communications and the Utah Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship.

While at BYU, Barton has served as 2-D studio area coordinator and associate chair of the Department of Visual Arts and has been the director or associate director of several study abroad programs. He has also served on the Gordon B. Hinckley Presidential Scholarship Committee, the London Center Study Abroad Committee, and the University Rank and Status Council. In 2010 Barton was named Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications.


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