Graduation … gave Commencement Speech, Event Center, University of Utah, SLC, UT


Graduated from West High School, Salt Lake City, Utah

  1. This was the first year that the graduates of West High School did not hold their commencement services in the LDS Tabernacle on Temple Square. Ironically, as the Senior Class President, Christopher gave the commencement speech at theUniversity of Utah’s Event Center. After his speech, he was the only one in his class to throw his hat in the air after graduation.  To the chagrin of his grandmother, Gayle Nemelka, he did it from the pulpit where his speech was delivered.  Traditionally, all graduates of West High did not throw their hats upon graduation, as the event was held in the “sacred” LDS Tabernacle.