Due to COVID-19 protocols Westminster College is enforcing a strict, 2 guests per graduate limit. Bring your tickets to enter the ceremony.
This is a rain or shine, outdoor event on Dumke Field; come prepared for the weather. Guests are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before their student’s ceremony. Each ceremony will take no more than 2 hours.
Guests should park in the 2 parking structures off 1700 South (the Dumke Field and north parking structures). ADA parking spots are reserved in both parking structures. The closest parking option to the ceremony location is the parking lot under Dumke Field. There is an elevator that goes up to the field.
Guests are also encouraged to take public transportation while visiting Salt Lake City.
Graduates should arrive 1 hour before their ceremony and meet in Richer Commons, between Shaw and Converse. Master’s students should check with their school for their hooding time and location.
If you haven’t applied for graduation, RSVP’d for commencement, or are waiting on a graduation hold to be cleared, contact the Registrar’s Office at 801.832.2180 or email@example.com. If you have general commencement questions (e.g. guest tickets, cap and gown, day-of ceremony, livestream), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Westminster’s 146th Commencement will be livestreamed on YouTube with captions.
Westminster College will host 3 in-person commencement ceremonies on Dumke Field May 7–8, 2021. Many details are being planned using all emerging best practices to have safe, socially-distanced ceremonies.
We will celebrate undergraduate and graduate students together, grouped by schools:
- May 7, 3:00 p.m.: School of Nursing and Health Sciences
- watch the ceremony on Youtube
- May 8, 10:00 a.m.: School of Arts and Sciences
- watch the ceremony on YouTube
- May 8, 3:00 p.m.: Gore School of Business and the School of Education
Join Alumni Relations on April 30 at 7 p.m. for a special Senior Celebration. This annual event is a chance for seniors to celebrate their accomplishments, recognize favorite professors, and toast to the next chapter of their lives. Registration will take place through Connect Westminster, Westminster’s global online alumni community. You must have a Connect Westminster account to register. If you do not have an account, create one, then go to the event board to register for the event. If you already have a Connect Westminster account, register for the event.
By the Numbers
The Class of 2021 made remarkable achievements despite experiencing the world as they know it drastically change in the last year and a half of their studies.
- 692 total degrees awarded (479 undergraduate, 213 graduate)
- Graduates represent 31 states and 27 countries
- Graduates range in age from 20 to 62-years-old
- 19 Legacy Scholar graduates
- 6 graduating veterans and ROTC
- 43 graduating student-athletes
- 4 graduates with medical school acceptances
- 11 distinguished fellowships awarded/nominated like Truman and Gilman scholarships
- 55 All-Academic and 23 All-Conference awards and honors earned
- 3.647 average student athlete GPA
- 3 members of the Class of 2021 are the first to graduate from Walkways to Westminster, a college-access program and partnership between Westminster and South Salt Lake.
- 68 Honors College graduates (largest class in its 35 year history)
- School of Education graduates hold 540–700 hours of classroom teaching experience each.
- Outdoor education and leadership students accumulated 100 days in the field and earned an average of 3 professional certifications each.
- Students in Westminster’s renowned nursing programs graduate with:
- NCLEX pass rates above 95%
- Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia and Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner certification pass rates at 100%
- Graduating seniors are among a student body who:
- Worked 25,410 hours of internships this year (63% of internships were from the Gore School of Business and 672 internship hours were completed in the Outdoor Program)
- Harvested then donated 424 pounds of campus-grown produce
- Accumulated countless hours of field research from Great Salt Lake to the Great Basin
Research and capstone projects by graduates show the range of their interests and expertise:
Be sure any external transcripts of pre-approved transfer credit, CLEP scores, etc. reach the registrar's office by May 15 (if finishing in May) or August 15 (if finishing in August) for timely graduation processing.
After graduation processing has been completed, you will be notified when diplomas are available to pick up in the registrar's office free of charge. A photo ID is required and all holds with the school must be cleared in order to release your diploma. You may also choose to have your diploma mailed to you by completing the Diploma Mailing Request Form. To ensure that your diploma arrives safely, all diplomas are mailed via certified mail; there is a $20 fee associated with this service.
Good Standing Accounts
Your cap, gown, and diploma will be released only if your account with the college is in good standing. Be sure all library, accounting, and parking holds are cleared. Also, please remember to complete a loan exit interview before the cap and gown distribution process.
Graduates will be receiving an alumni celebration package filled with graduation memorabilia at the address Westminster has on record. Be sure to keep the registrar informed of any address changes so you can receive up-to-date information. This should include your phone number, email, and physical address.
Honors are awarded to undergraduate students who complete 60 hours of coursework with letter grades at Westminster and meet the following criteria:
|Summa Cum Laude||Top 10% of eligible students|
|Magna Cum Laude||Second 10% of eligible students|
|Cum Laude||Third 10% of eligible students|
The grade point averages necessary to meet honors criteria are based on the previous year's graduating class grade point averages (GPA). The GPA required to receive honors for graduation is determined after the entire class has been graduated in August and are published at the beginning of the fall semester.
Based on the above policy, the registrar's office has determined the following GPA cutoffs for graduating with honors:
2020–21 Honors GPAs
- Summa Cum Laude 3.923
- Magna Cum Laude 3.853
- Cum Laude 3.785
Honors noted in the commencement program are based upon the grade point average at the end of the fall semester. Honors designations noted in the program are subject to change based on the calculation of final grade point averages for students attending May and summer terms. Grade point averages are not rounded in order to achieve honors.
The graduating class has a longstanding tradition of giving back to the college as a final goodbye. Your donation will be pooled with your classmates and donated as a gift from the Class of 2021 to The Purple Basket, Westminster's food and basic needs pantry located on the first floor of Carleson Hall. The Purple Basket ensures consistent access to nourishing and affordable food options on campus. Give $20.21 to receive a philanthropy chord for commencement. Make sure you select "Other" as your designation and type in "2021 Senior Gift" when filling out the giving form.
If you haven't already, join Westminster’s global online alumni community, Connect Westminster, to reconnect with classmates through the online directory, create or join affinity chapters, search for jobs, and more.
As you transition to new opportunities (graduate school, employment, service, etc.), take advantage of the benefits Westminster offers to you as an alum.
The alumni community is here for you. In recognition of the challenges facing new alumni, Alumni Relations invites you to sign up for a unique mentoring program curated for the Class of 2021 to match you with an alumni mentor based on your unique needs.