Westminster Holds 2016 Commencement Ceremony

Apr 29, 2016

April 29, 2016 Nursing, psychology and public health among top majors SALT LAKE CITY -Westminster will hold its 141st commencement ceremony on April 30 at the Maverik Center. Approximately 859 students will walk across the stage to accept 548 bachelor and 311 master degrees.   The Class of 2016 is comprised of students from 37 U.S. states and 31 foreign countries. Graduating students range in age from 19-60. The class is made up of 487 women and 372 men.   This year's top majors include:
1. Nursing 6. Finance
2. Psychology 7. Environmental Studies
3. Public Health 8. Biology/Communication (tie)
4. Marketing 9. Accounting
5. Management 10. Economics
Commencement Speaker: Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an award-winning journalist, author and civil rights activist who became the first African-American woman to integrate the University of Georgia. Hunter-Gault joined NPR in 1997 after 20 years with PBS, where she worked as a national correspondent for "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." She began her journalism career as a reporter for The New Yorker then worked as a local news anchor for WRC-TV in Washington, DC, and as the Harlem bureau chief for The New York Times. Hunter-Gault will receive an honorary degree from Westminster.   Student Speaker: Bibek Neupane is from the small town of Budhabare, Jhapa in Nepal. Neupane traveled 7,000 miles to learn from new and diverse experiences through a liberal arts education. He is a double major in economics and theatre, was a resident advisor, presidential ambassador and member of the leadership program, GriffinQuest. Following graduation, Bibek plans to work for Rakuten Marketing.   Faculty Awards: Helen Hu, computer science Excellence in Teaching Award of the Bill and Vieve Gore Endowment Trust   Christine Seifert, communication Manford A. and June Shaw Faculty Publication Prize "Virginity in Young Adult Literature After Twilight" and "Whoppers: History's Most Outrageous Lies and Liars"   Richard Badenhausen, Honors Manford A. and June Shaw Faculty Publication Prize Essay: "Trauma and Violence in the Waste Land" Honorary Degree Recipients:
  • Charlayne Hunter-Gault will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters.
  • James R. Clark will receive a Doctor of Public Service. Clark is a retired corporate executive and former interim dean of the Bill & Vieve Gore School of Business at Westminster. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1966 and holds a master's degree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Jim is a former Destroyer sailor and a Vietnam combat veteran.
  In 1974, he left the Navy and joined the San Francisco office of McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting firm. He later joined Lucky Stores. After Lucky Stores was acquired by American Stores Company, he moved to Salt Lake City in 1994, where he served on the executive council as chief planning officer. He retired when American Stores Company merged with Albertsons in 1999. He has been an active leader in the community and has served on the Westminster Board of Trustees for 12 years.  
  • James B. Lee will receive a Doctor of Public Service. He is a graduate of the S. Military Academy at West Point. Lee served 31 years in the U.S. Army and Utah National Guard and is a Korean War veteran. He retired as brigadier general.
  Lee received a juris doctor degree with honors from George Washington University. He has been with Parsons Behle & Latimer for 55 years and served as its president for 14 years. He was president of the Utah State Bar, was Utah's delegate to the American Bar Association, served on the ABA Board of Governors and Executive Committee and was a member of the ABA Federal Judiciary Committee. He currently serves as the president and director of the Florence J. Gillmor Foundation.  
  • Robert M. Graham will receive a Doctor of Public Service. Graham had a successful 28-year career as a tax partner with Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte and Touche). After retiring from Deloitte in the late 1980s, he joined the law firm of Ray Quinney & Nebeker and the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation. He is currently serving on boards of multiple Eccles family foundations and the Florence J. Gillmor Foundation.
  Graham graduated from Snow College and received a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a law degree from the University of Utah.   For more information on Westminster's commencement events, visit http://www.westminstercollege.edu/commencement

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