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Commencement

Westminster College hosted 3 in-person commencement ceremonies on Dumke Field on May 7–8, 2021. Many details were planned to use all emerging best practices to have safe, socially-distanced ceremonies. All three ceremonies were live streamed on YouTube. If you missed them, they can ve viewed again below. 



Kudos 2021 Graduates

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Class of 2021 Profile

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.

Senior Projects

Research and capstone projects by graduates show the range of their interests and expertise:

Graduation Information

External Transcripts

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.

Diplomas

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.

Address Changes

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

Honors are awarded to undergraduate students who complete 60 hours of coursework with letter grades at Westminster and meet the following criteria:

Honors Level 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.

Post-Graduation Resources

Connect

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.

Alumni Benefits

As you transition to new opportunities (graduate school, employment, service, etc.), take advantage of the benefits Westminster offers to you as an alum.

Support

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.