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Graduates Go Forward in Faithfulness

Westmont Commencement 2022

Celebrating Shasberger and the Class Of 2022

In between stints of conducting the Westmont Orchestra, Commencement speaker Michael Shasberger told the 2022 graduates they’d attain their greatest happiness when they discovered how to give away what they valued most. Coincidentally, President Gayle D. Beebe introduced Shasberger with news that donors had given $1 million to create the Michael Shasberger Student Scholarship Fund for Music.

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A Gala Celebration of 85 Years

The “Welcome Alumni” banner hangs from the portico of stately Kerrwood Hall. Pots of yellow and orange flowers and pumpkins of all sizes line the steps. A kind soul invited me into the warmth of the old mansion and offered coffee. Homecoming 2022 and the 85th anniversary celebration had begun!

Beginning the Westmont Journey: New Students Arrive on Campus

Nearly 400 new students, filled with hopes, expectations and some fears about starting college, encountered enthusiastic support from dozens of Orientation team members and student volunteers as they arrived on campus August 25.

Westmont Relaunches Overseas Programs

After Westmont’s overseas programs shut down during the COVID-19 pan­demic, Off-Campus Programs (OCP) hap­pily relaunched several this fall. A cohort of 21 students participated in Westmont in Mexico with Professor Mary Docter, and 18 students studied with Chris and Cheri Larsen Hoeckley during England Semester. Additionally, 12 students attended affil­iate programs in eight countries: France, Uganda, Spain, Austria, Italy, South Africa, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.