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Westminster College to Host 164th Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies, May 12

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Posted on Monday, May 7, 2018

Westminster College will host its 164th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on the Weisel Senior Terrace of Old Main, preceded by a baccalaureate service at 10¬ a.m. in Orr Auditorium. Over 250 students are expected to earn degrees at this year’s ceremony.

“We are delighted to celebrate this milestone in the lives of our students,” says Westminster College President Dr. Kathy B. Richardson.

Deborah Platt Majoras, chief legal officer and secretary for the Proctor & Gamble Company, will deliver the commencement address. Majoras is currently serving her final year as the chair of the Westminster College Board of Trustees. She graduated from Westminster in 1985 and completed her juris doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1989. Prior to joining Proctor & Gamble, she served as chair of the Federal Trade Commission (2004-2008), the principal deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (2001-2003), and partner at Jones Day (1991-2001).

Seniors Megan Douds and Christian Na were chosen by their classmates to give remarks during commencement. Megan Douds, a senior psychology major, is a daughter of William and Dawn Douds and a graduate of Bethel Park High School. Christian Na, a senior communication studies major, is a son of Kang-Yup and Amy Na and a graduate of Neshannock High School.

The baccalaureate message will be delivered by the Rev. Matthew Schultz, head pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Anchorage, Alaska. Schultz graduated from Westminster College in 1995 with a B.A. in art, and later attended Princeton Theological Seminary.

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 #WCGRAD18. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in Orr Auditorium.

Contact Gabriella Budai, executive secretary in the Office of Academic Affairs, at 724-946-7122 for more information.