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Westminster College Celebrates 168th Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies, May 14

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Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2022

More than 300 students are expected to earn degrees at Westminster College’s 168th commencement ceremony at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 14, on the Weisel Senior Terrace of Old Main. The ceremony will be preceded by a baccalaureate service at 10 a.m. in Orr Auditorium.

During the ceremony, William W. Rankin ’60 will be awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree. An alumnus of the College, Rankin had a 33-year career in human resources management with Pfizer Inc., working in the New York City headquarters and the European management headquarters in Brussels. He retired as vice president-employee resources for Pfizer Inc. Consumer Health Care Group. A longtime supporter of Westminster, Rankin was inducted into the Titan Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 for his outstanding undergraduate performance in tennis and was the recipient of the 2016 Westminster College Alumni Citation Award in recognition of his commitment and service to the College.

Jack Karson will offer the senior address during commencement. Karson, an individual interdisciplinary major, is the son of John and Susan Karson and is a graduate of Wilmington Area High School in New Wilmington.

The baccalaureate message “Who Are You?” will be provided by the Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston ’90, pastor of Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, Pa. She earned a M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. In addition, she holds a certificate in spiritual formation from Pittsburgh and Columbia Theological seminaries.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in Orr Auditorium.

The ceremonies will be broadcasted live on, Armstrong (channel 72 in New Wilmington and channel 204 in Grove City), and Comcast (channel 183 in New Castle). Stay connected on social media by using and searching #WC22.

Contact Kim Winfield, academic events coordinator for the Office of Academic Affairs, at 724-946-6358 for more information.