Dear Member of the Class of 2017 and Parents of Graduates,
Commencement Weekend at Westmont College is an exciting event for the entire community. We celebrate our graduates for achieving their goal of completing a degree at Westmont. We honor the meaningful relationships they have made with fellow students and professors, who have supported them throughout their journey. In addition to receiving an excellent academic education, our graduates have grown in their life with God.
Baccalaureate takes place Friday, May 5, at 6 p.m., and Commencement begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6. Westmont holds both ceremonies on Russell Carr Field. According to a longstanding Westmont tradition, the graduates march from Kerrwood Hall through the formal gardens to Carr Field led by bagpipers.
Carol Houston, a Westmont trustee since 1997 who serves the Watts community as senior pastor of Bethel Unspeakable Joy Church, will speak at Commencement. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Carol graduated from the University of Denver and pursued post-graduate study in health education, recreation, gerontology, educational administration and speech communication. She also attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena to study missiology.
Following the Commencement ceremony, my wife, Pam, and I look forward to greeting the graduates and their guests at receptions on the field.
I encourage you to read the entire Commencement website for information about both services, parking, shuttles, schedules and other important details for Commencement weekend.
Parents, thank you for entrusting your students to us. They have blessed us during their years at Westmont, and we embrace them as lifelong members of our community. We confidently believe that God will guide and direct each one of them, and we look forward to all He will accomplish through their lives.
With gratitude and appreciation,
Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D
"... no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him."
I Corinthians 2:9