Dear Member of the Class of 2016 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 6, at 6 p.m., and Commencement begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7. 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.
Henry “Fritz” Schaefer III, one of the most distinguished physical scientists in the world, will speak at Commencement. A computational and theoretical chemist, he directs the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the University of Georgia. He has written three books, “Science and Christianity: Conflict or Coherence?” “Scientists and their Gods” and “Quantum Chemistry: The Development of Ab Initio Methods in Molecular Electronic Structure Theory.” The author of more than 1,500 scientific publications, Schaefer ranks as one of the most highly cited scientists in the world. Additional information on Schaefer appears on the “Ceremonies” page; see the link on the left side of this website.
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
"Seek me and live."