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A Belated but Blessed Commencement

Graduates of the class of 2020 finally walked across the stage on Carr Field October 16 for their long-delayed Commencement ceremony. Seventeen months after they officially graduated, they celebrated this accomplishment with family members, friends and professors. More than 180 graduating students returned to campus for the event.

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First Walk, Second Year

Spirits were high as the bagpipes sounded Friday, November 5, at 4 p.m. outside Murchison Gym. One by one, blushing students and teary-eyed parents lined the path to Kerrwood Hall.

The crowd received greetings from Vice President for Student Life Edee Schulze, President Gayle D. Beebe and professors as they passed through the Formal Gardens and gathered outside of Kerrwood Hall. In a speech prior to the walk, Dean of Students Stu Cleek recognized the resilience of the class of 2024 through a uniquely challenging first year.

A Resurgence of the Arts at Westmont

Music and theatre often inspire their audiences in unique and mysterious ways. “We’re in a fragile space right now as a community and country,” Mitchell Thomas says. “I think audiences are longing to be together again and to be moved and lifted up by music, ritual and story. We want to meet audiences in a safe space where we recognize the challenges we’re all facing and also intentionally make space and time for light, hope and love. We hope audiences will be encouraged, entertained and inspired by the performances.”

Finding New Villages Away from Home

by Marie Odile Ndayishimiye Uwineza

"During my flight here, I remember talking to God, surrendering my life to Him, because in this new place, his presence was the only familiar thing I had. It was the conviction that God will always be with me and guiding me into his purpose over my life that gave me peace and exciting hope about what was going to be the most transformative four years of my life, here at Westmont."