Commencement 2020 Speaker was a Special Guest at Recent Alumni Gathering

From left: Bill Watson, ’73 ΔΤΔ; Kirk Carpenter, ’65 ΒΘΠ; Sara Hart Weir, ’04 ΚΚΓ; James C. Mitchell, ’64 ΦΔΘ; and other alumni gathered on June 27 at Carpenter’s home in Prairie Village, KS.

Kirk Carpenter, ’65 ΒΘΠ, second from left, hosted a get-together on June 27 in his Prairie Village, KS, home for Sara Hart Weir, ’04 ΚΚΓ. Weir is a Republican U.S. Congressional candidate in Kansas’ Third Congressional District.

Weir will deliver the much-anticipated Commencement 2020 address at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8 on the Hill.* Commencement and the Columns Ceremony were postponed from the original date of May 9 as a result of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more about the difficult decision to postpone Commencement here.

The decision to conduct an outdoor-only event took place after consulting with the American College Health Association and guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Callaway County Health Department.

For the purpose of optimal physical distancing, graduates are limited to two guests. Westminster sent out information specific to graduating seniors last week.

Please feel free to cheer our graduates on by viewing a livestream of the ceremony here.

*All Commencement 2020 activities are subject to change. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony may be delayed or canceled. For questions concerning Commencement, please email




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Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.