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Neumont College of Computer Science was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003, to fill the growing national demand for industry-ready technology professionals by offering bachelor’s degree in three years that immerses students in a rigorous, project-based curriculum. This blog serves as a platform to publish and share, news, reviews, and stories from Utah's best kept tech secret. 

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Neumont Commencement Address Looks to Tech Future in Utah and Beyond

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Neumont College of Computer Science honored graduates at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, August 31 at The Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City. John Knotwell, CEO and president of the Utah Technology Council, provided the keynote address. Neumont President Aaron Reed, Ed.D. also spoke briefly. You can watch the full ceremony at the YouTube link below. 

Knotwell, a 12-year veteran in Utah's growing tech community spoke of the value of listening, sharing that, "…true listening shows that you value those people around you. It shows that you are invested in them as people, and that you, as a colleague, coworker, boss, or friend, want them to succeed. And a world where we all wish one another success is the only way to find success ourselves. It's how we build each other up, how we build up our organizations, how we have faith in the future."

Valedictorian Mary Shultz (Computer Science) and Salutatorians Ben Goff (Computer Science) and Justin Furtado (Software & Game Development) stand to receive their diplomas. 

Valedictorian Mary Shultz (Computer Science) and Salutatorians Ben Goff (Computer Science) and Justin Furtado (Software & Game Development) stand to receive their diplomas. 

Making a plug for Utah's tech future as well, Knotwell shared, "We have over 6,500 tech firms in Utah. We are the fastest growing in the country, adding job after job after job to every listing site that has ever existed," noting that, "There will never be a moment where opportunity is not calling you. The only real impact that you can make, in your career or in your life, is your choice," and invited Neumont graduates to stay local.

Bashaa'ir Abdul-Qasim's (Information Systems) family greets the graduate during a reception after the ceremony. 

Bashaa'ir Abdul-Qasim's (Information Systems) family greets the graduate during a reception after the ceremony. 

"Make the choice to stay," he implored. "Make this community your home. Explore opportunities and the mountains. Invest your time here finding the balance that we all want in work and in life."

After noting three key life lessons gleaned from his time in tech and higher education, Dr. Reed closed his remarks reminding graduates, "Today was the day you joined an elite tech workforce --  the one-and-a-half percent that are chiefly responsible for the future of America's economy and national security," referencing remarks earlier where he noted that while 30 percent of Americans have bachelors degrees, only 3 percent of all awarded degrees go to computer science, and only 1.5 percent of people in the United States work in computer science.

2018 Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speaker John Knotwell, Utah Technology Council president and CEO, reminds graduates that the best way to find success is to help others. 

2018 Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speaker John Knotwell, Utah Technology Council president and CEO, reminds graduates that the best way to find success is to help others. 

But "even more exclusively than that," Reed said, "remember that today is the day you joined a growing army of tech giants that are part of a family of Neumont alumni."

What to do during the holidays In SLC

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Salt Lake City knows how to holiday. With light shows, Christmas carol sing-alongs, Santa sightings, and special dance performances, there’s plenty to do to get you in the holiday spirit after a tough week of finals. Our students have already ice skated at Gallivan Plaza and strolled downtown to see the holiday lights, so we listed a few more of our favorite local traditions below. 

What: ZooLights!

Where: Utah’s Hogle Zoo

When: Evenings until December 31, 2015

Tickets are $7. ZooLights! returns to Hogle Zoo every holiday season, with more than 250 animated light displays. Grab your hologram glasses to walk along lit pathways and through our popular 135-foot lighted tunnel – it’s a crowd favorite!  Get up close with a polar bear, grizzlies, seals, and sea lions in the heated underwater viewing building in Rocky Shores. 

What: Wassail & Waffles

Where: Broadway Centre Cinemas

When: Saturday, December 12 at 9 a.m.

Join in on the Salt Lake Film Society holiday tradition.  Start the fun at 9 a.m. with your own waffle and wassail, meet Santa, and watch a holiday family film at 10 a.m.. The event is free.

What: Holiday Bazaar

Where: Urban Arts Gallery

When: December 12-13, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Local artists sell their work at the Urban Arts Gallery for two weekends in December. Funky Santa will be there on Saturday, December 12, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for photos. Find unique gift items and artwork for friends and family this holiday season.

 

What: Annual Christmas Carol Sing-along

Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena

When: Monday, December 14, doors Open at 5:30 p.m. The sing-along begins at 7 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Join the Larry H. Miller Family and Robert C. Bowden in celebrating the sights and sounds of Christmas at this fun-filled community event! Sing holiday favorites accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra and listen to featured performances by Pearl Award-winning band Joshua Creek. Local TV personality Big Buddha will emcee, with special appearances by Santa and the Jazz Bear. FREE parking is available, and guests will receive a special Larry H. Miller Group gift package and holiday treat (while supplies last).

What: Downtown Farmers Winter Market & Holiday Art & Craft Market

Where: The Rio Grande Depot

When: Saturday, December 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pick up handmade local arts and crafts for friends and family this holiday season. Taste food from local farmers, food purveyors, and food trucks. And hear local music.

There are many more events and activities taking place throughout the holiday season in Salt Lake City. For more go to, Visit Salt Lake