Announcing Westminsters Class of 2020

Class of 2020 at First Year Orientation

May 7, 2020

First cohort of first-generation Legacy Scholars graduate

SALT LAKE CITY—Westminster College would have celebrated its Class of 2020 this Saturday at a tradition-filled commencement ceremony. While we can’t recognize our graduates’ accomplishments in-person right now, the college will honor them at an event on a to-be-determined date. Among this year’s graduates is Westminster’s first cohort of first-generation Legacy Scholars. The Legacy Scholars program began in 2016 to serve students who are the first in their family to attend college. It provides students with academic support, scholarship enrichment, faculty-to-peer mentorship and scholastic and professional preparation. Westminster was named a First-Forward institution by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals for its commitment to first-generation student success. Since 2016, Westminster’s first-generation program has grown to include 75 students. Eleven Legacy scholars will receive degrees this year. “I am extremely proud of this first cohort of Legacy graduates. Their commitment and hard work paid off, and it is an incredible accomplishment for them and their families,” said Daniel K. Cairo Ed.D., assistant dean of students and director of Westminster’s Student Diversity and Inclusion Center.  Westminster’s Class of 2020 is made up of 709 graduates from 22 countries and 30 U.S. states. Students range in age from 20 to 60 years and the top major is nursing.

Total Graduates


Number of Degrees

  • Graduate: 224
  • Undergraduate: 485


  • Female: 63%
  • Male: 37%

Top Ten Majors

  • Nursing
  • Finance
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Marketing
  • Public Health
  • Aviation Flight Operations
  • English
  • Management
  • Communication

In a semester severely impacted by a pandemic, Westminster seniors found ways to finalize research, complete capstone projects and deliver recitals. Read the story.

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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