Robert Redford Addresses Westminster's Class of 2013

Jun 2, 2013

More than 940 students presented diplomas at this year's commencement SALT LAKE CITY - More than 940 students from Westminster College's Class of 2013 graced the stage of the Maverik Center on June 1, 2013, for the college's 138th commencement ceremony. Westminster's president, Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, presented diplomas to the students-his first graduating class since taking the helm at the college. Actor, director and philanthropist Robert Redford addressed the graduating class, and also received an honorary degree from the college. He praised Westminster for being Utah's only private, independent liberal arts college, and expressed how he felt aligned with the institution and its ideals connected with social responsibility, social service and creativity. Redford also expressed his excitement for the graduating class, stating, "this new generation that's coming forward, I can't tell you how excited I am, because I think you want the reins. And what you are basically saying is give us the reins, don't tell us what you did or didn't do, don't give us examples from the past, don't bother us with that, just give us the reins, and please, step aside...and I give you all the encouragement in the world to grab those reins and run with them." Approximately 542 undergraduates and 404 graduate students participated in this year's event. The Class of 2013 is made up of students from 37 U.S. states and 29 foreign countries. This year, the largest number of degrees awarded were in the areas of nursing, psychology, business administration, economics, and marketing.

Additional news clips of this year's commencement ceremony are linked below.

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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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