Thousands Attend 2015 BYU Campus Education Week

Contributed By Marianne Holman Prescott, Church News staff writer

  • 28 August 2015

Neil and Debra Bingham check their schedules on the BYU campus during the annual BYU Education Week, August 18, 2015, in Provo.  Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

Article Highlights

  • Education week provides classes for all ages.
  • Almost 20,000 people attended.
  • This year’s theme was “Hope, an Anchor of the Soul.”

PROVO, UTAH

Students of all ages filled classrooms around the Brigham Young University campus for the annual Campus Education Week held August 17–21. Each year, thousands of participants from around the world gather to hear a variety of topics available in the hundreds of class sessions throughout the week.

This year’s theme came from Hebrews 6:18–19, where it reads, “Lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul.”

“In these trying times, it brings great comfort to anchor ourselves to Christ and feel the hope that His Atonement provides,” said a welcome letter from the Campus Education Week program administrators.

Education week provides classes for all ages—including a youth track for young men and young women—and covers such topics as gospel principles, the arts, relationships, finance, technology, health, and personal development. This year’s student body of just under 20,000 consisted of people from 48 states and a dozen other countries. In addition, participants this year included 1,747 young men and young woman, ages 14–18, and 27 attendees over the age of 90. More than 500 volunteers helped throughout the week on campus, and a majority of the evening performances were sold out, with nearly 8,000 in attendance.

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave the opening devotional on August 18 (see “Righteous Have ‘Compensatory Spiritual Power,’ Says Elder Andersen”), and several upcoming articles will share some highlights of the conference’s classes.

Participants walk across campus during the annual BYU Campus Education Week, August 18, 2015, in Provo. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

A couple is among thousands participating in the 2015 BYU Campus Education Week. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

Mary and Wes Woodland take a moment to go over their schedule for the annual BYU Education Week, August 18, 2015, in Provo.
Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

Morgan Wallace and her mother, Kathryn Wallace, from Ramona, California, were among the crowds of people who gathered to the BYU campus during the annual BYU Education Week, August 18, 2015, in Provo. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

Participants listen to a speaker during one of nearly 1,000 presentations during the 2015 BYU Campus Education Week. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.