Convocation in Richer Commons

Convocation

Convocation celebrates the beginning of your academic journey as a Westminster student. It's an opportunity for the Westminster community to formally welcome you, recognize the importance of your educational work, and vocalize a commitment to supporting you as you pursue your education. You'll hear from a variety of leaders on campus, including the college president, provost, and student body president, and have the opportunity to bond with your fellow classmates as you begin this momentous journey together.

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Convocation arch of flowers

Alma Mater

We sing to Alma Mater
with reverent hearts and true.
Beneath the Wasatch mountains,
skies of azure blue.

Oh may thy men and women
e’er pledge their love to thee.
To our Westminster College,
we sing this song to thee!

History of Westminster College

More Than 140 Years of History

Westminster College has played a pivotal role in the educational heritage of the intermountain area. Today, Westminster exists as a fully independent, privately funded, nondenominational, comprehensive liberal arts institution of higher learning with selected graduate programs, meeting the West’s educational needs as it has since 1875.

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Converse Hall in front of the Wasatch Mountains

 

Westminster Colors

night

Night

Night reflects the towering silhouettes of the mighty Wasatch Mountains at the end of each day. A color of royalty, rejuvenation, and revelation, this rich shade embodies the heights of achievement and knowledge.

copper

Copper

Copper is an abundant mineral in the state of Utah. It acts as a natural connector and conductor, propelling energy forward and changing the world for the better—much like the students at Westminster College.

snow

Snow

Snow is the primary element of the Utah winter: clean, crisp, and wide open. This blank canvas serves as a reminder to Westminster College students of the endless possibilities on their horizon.

flint

Flint

Flint often acts as the foundational spark of fire—just as Westminster College is the spark that ignites students’ passions and fuels their dreams.

birch

Birch

Birch is an intrepid species, with roots that fan out to seek water and new soil. At Westminster College, students take this spirit to explore the unknown; establishing and flourishing wherever they go.

thistle

Thistle

Thistle adapts and blossoms in any environment. Westminster College students will be challenged, learning adaptability and flexibility—growing and going wherever the future takes them.

sky

Sky

The sky is wide and vast, touching every corner of the world. After graduation, alumni venture out into the world with the same boundless opportunities.


students listening to convocation speaker
faculty speaker at convocation

2021 Event Schedule

The 2021 convocation is Monday, Aug. 16, 9–10:00 a.m. Students, faculty, and staff are all invited to attend.

  • 8:30 a.m. Faculty meet in front of Giovale Library
  • 8:45 a.m.
    • Students meet in the green space by the residence halls
    • Staff gather in Richer Commons
    • Campus community members find seating in Richer Commons
  • 9:00 a.m. Students and faculty proceed into Richer Commons, led by the pipe band
    • Welcome by President Bethami Dobkin, PhD
    • Presentation of Class by Erica Johnson, VP for Enrollment Management
    • Student Body Introduction by Brendan Sudberry, ASW President
    • Academic Address by Provost Debbie Tahmassebi, PhD
    • Remarks by Professor Marilee Coles-Ritchie, PhD
    • Closing Remarks by President Bethami Dobkin, PhD
    • Performance of alma mater
    • Pipe band leads the recession