Commencement Weekend Ceremonies


Where: Westmont College Campus, Russell Carr Field

When: Friday, May 2, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Baccalaureate is a special time of worship when the Westmont community gives thanks to God and celebrates the accomplishments of the graduates. Graduates will receive two parking passes for family and friends, as Friday afternoon traffic prohibits shuttling guests to campus. Parking passes will be required for all vehicles entering campus. While there is a limit for cars, there is no guest limit for this event. There are no tickets issued for this event, and none are necessary.


Where: Westmont College Campus, Russell Carr Field

When: Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Each graduate will receive one Commencement Parking Pass to be used that day. All cars entering the campus must display a Commencement Parking Pass. Most guests will park at Santa Barbara City College and ride the free shuttle busses to and from the Westmont campus. There are no tickets issued for this event, and none are necessary.

We suggest that you bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, layers of clothing and wear comfortable shoes for walking. There will be some snacks, water and flowers to purchase on site. A First Aid tent for emergencies and portable restrooms will also be available.

In order to best enjoy the morning, plan ahead and be EARLY. The field opens at 8 a.m. Know that there will be buses, shuttles, and cars all sharing what will be a one-way road on campus that day.

Commencement Speaker

Pastor Rick Warren

Pastor Rick Warren founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., in 1980 with another family. Today it has grown into one of America’s most influential churches, with about 20,000 people attending weekend services. Saddleback offers more than 200 community ministries and support groups for parents, families, children, couples, prisoners, addicts, and people living with HIV/AIDS, depression, MS, Parkinson’s and autism, to name a few.

His book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” is best-selling hardback in American history, with more than 30 million copies purchased worldwide. Pastor Warren built the Purpose Driven Network, a global alliance of pastors from 162 countries and hundreds of denominations who have been trained to be purpose-driven churches. He also founded, an online, interactive community that provides sermons, forums and other practical resources for pastors, including archives of a bi-weekly newsletter sent to more than 100,000 pastors and leaders in ministry.

Pastor Warren and his wife, Kay, are passionate about global missions and what he calls “attacking the five global giants” of poverty, disease, spiritual emptiness, self-serving leadership, and illiteracy. His solution, The Peace Plan, is a massive effort to mobilize Christians around the world into an outreach effort to attack these five global giants of today by promoting reconciliation, equipping servant leaders, assisting the poor, caring for the sick and educating the next generation.

Born in San Jose, Calif., Pastor Warren earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.