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Students and professors will speak during the McKay School’s August graduation ceremony


The David O. McKay School of Education has announced the speakers for its upcoming graduation ceremony on August 18. Two students among the graduating class—Kylie Lucas and Melissa Burton—will address the audience. They will be followed by Bonnie Brinton and Martin Fujiki, professors from the school’s Department of Communication Disorders.

The featured speakers, Professors Brinton and Fujiki, have made significant contributions in their field of study and to the McKay School itself. It was while they were doctoral students at the University of Utah that Brinton and Fujiki met, and they later married. Both were interested in studying the social competence of children with language impairments. For more than 30 years, Fujiki and Brinton have coordinated their career paths so they could work together in their research and university work. 

Fujiki and Brinton held appointments at the University of Nevada and the University of Kansas before coming to the McKay School in 1990, where each has taken on teaching and leadership positions. From 1997 to 1999, Brinton served as associate dean of the McKay School; then from 1999 to 2009, she served as the BYU dean of Graduate Studies. In 2015, Fujiki was appointed department chair of the Communication Disorders Department and continues to fill this position.

2Brinton and Fujiki have gained national and international recognition for their research. Each is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and Fujiki received Honors of the Association, the highest award given by that organization, in 2015. All of their major research has been done together, and they have coauthored two books and dozens of articles. In 2011, BYU awarded each the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award. 

The two other speakers, Lucas and Burton, are students from the McKay School. Lucas grew up in Fairmont, Minnesota, and is the oldest of six children. She completed her student teaching in the Nebo School District and is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Lucas currently lives in Provo with her husband, and she looks forward to teaching fifth grade at Barnett Elementary in Payson, Utah, this fall. 

Following in her parents’ footsteps, Burton is graduating with a master’s degree from the McKay School; her degree is in instructional psychology and technology. She was born and raised in Provo, Utah, and she graduated from BYU in 2014 with a bachelor’s in family and consumer sciences education. During her time as a master’s student, Burton received several scholarships through the Department of Instructional Science, as well as the John Olin Campbell III scholarship from the College of Education. She was involved in exhibit design and decision-based learning by developing innovative online experiences in conjunction with the Independent Study office. After graduating, she will pursue a career in instructional design and online learning.

The speakers will address graduates during the McKay School graduation ceremony, which will take place Friday, August 18, in the Smith Fieldhouse at 8:00 a.m.

Writer: Stephanie Fudge

Contact: Cindy Glad, (801) 422-1922