Westmont Magazine Sending Out the Class of 2005
The bagpipes, which have been growing louder, suddenly stop. The crowd quiets and looks toward the stairs, where 326 seniors have paused in their last walk from Kerrwood Hall to Carr Field. Children playing in the grass stop to watch them march to their seats, and parents line up to take photos. The 68th graduating class has arrived for Commencement in the morning sun, and the May 7 ceremony begins.
Class banners, faculty in academic gowns and graduates with flowers and decorated hats make the celebration colorful. The 35 Golden Warriors from the class of 1955 who join the procession represent the college’s heritage.
Philosophy professor Robert Wennberg gives the address. Telling graduates they have been sent out into the world, he notes, “The quality of your life is to reflect the character of the One who has sent you.” He also suggests, “Connect with at least one organization outside the church that is doing good things.”
Ardis Higgins, who has committed her life to music and to education, receives the Westmont Medal for her volunteer activities.
The college also recognizes outstanding students and faculty. Joshua Cox (economics and business and communication studies), and Michelle Wolff (art history and religious studies), accept the prestigious Kenneth Monroe Award for academic achievement and leadership.
Sarah Ledbetter (neuroscience and biology) wins the Faculty Scholarship Award for the highest GPA. Mike Yankoski (computer science) receives the Dave Dolan Award for his service to others. Kyle Bechler, a mathematics major and basketball player, and Katie Cates, a kinesiology major and soccer player, capture the Dean’s Award for the top scholar-athletes.
Bruce and Adaline Bare Outstanding Teacher Award recipients are Mary Docter (Spanish), Jeff Schloss (biology), and Karen Andrews-Jaffe (urban studies and English).