Commencement 2016




Where: Westmont College Campus, Russell Carr Field

When: Friday, May 6, 2016 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 one parking pass 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 7, 2016 from 9:30-11:30 a.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. Drones are not allowed over or around graduation events.

In order to best enjoy the morning, plan ahead and be EARLY. The field opens at 7:30 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

Henry “Fritz” Schaefer III

Henry “Fritz” Schaefer III, one of the most distinguished physical scientists in the world, will speak at Westmont’s Commencement Saturday, May 7. A computational and theoretical chemist, Shaefer 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.” He has authored more than 1,500 scientific publications and ranks as one of the most highly cited scientists in the world.

Shaefer’s numerous honors include the American Chemical Society’s ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (1979) and the American Chemical Society Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry (2014).

He earned a Bachelor of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in chemical physics from Stanford University. He has taught at University of California, Berkeley, University of Texas, Austin, serves as the Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry at the University of Georgia, where he belongs to the Christian Faculty Forum.

An active Protestant Christian educator, Shaefer regularly speaks about issues of science and faith.

A 1991 U.S. News and World Report cover story, “The Creation,” described Shaefer as a “five-time nominee for the Nobel Prize.” The article quotes Shaefer as saying: “The significance and joy in my science comes in the occasional moments of discovering something new and saying to myself, ‘So that’s how God did it!’ My goal is to understand a little corner of God’s plan.”