- Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) / Public Administration and Management
- Class of 2012
2012 May 22
Vladimir Pazin of Capljina, Croatia, is a member of the graduating class of 2012 at Westminster College in Fulton, MO.
Pazin earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Commencement exercises were held May 5 in Champ Auditorium on the Westminster College campus.
"I want to congratulate the class of 2012 for completing this part of their educational journey," says Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe. "The decisions they made, the challenges they faced, the relationships they built and the role models who taught them at Westminster have all prepared them for the successful life that lies ahead of them. They are now ready to take their place as Westminster graduates, making a difference in the world wherever they find themselves."
Commencement speaker for the day was former U.S. Senator John C. Danforth.
"You don't have to be in politics to change the world," Danforth advised the graduates. "You just have to be a good person."
Danforth served in the U.S. Senate from 1976-1994. Previously, he was the Attorney General of Missouri for two terms (1968-1976). President Bush appointed him Special Envoy to the Sudan in 2001 and in 2004 he went there as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, helping to negotiate a peace agreement.
Westminster's Baccalaureate speaker who spoke earlier in the day was Rev. Terry Minchow-Proffitt, father of Hannah, who is a member of the graduating class. After 27 years of pastoral ministry in the St. Louis area, Utah, Maryland and Mississippi, he now pursues a "free range" ministry from his home in Kirkwood, MO.
Following commencement, graduates participated in the historic Columns Ceremony, a Westminster tradition in which seniors walk back through The Columns they first entered on campus as freshmen to return to the world.
Founded in 1851, Westminster College is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to the rankings of U.S.News & World Report. Forbes magazine selected Westminster as one of America's Top Colleges and Universities, one of the Best Liberal Arts College in Missouri, and one of the Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America. The Princeton Review recently named the College as one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the tenth straight year. Newsweek-Kaplan named it "One of the 372 Most Interesting Schools in America" and Westminster has also been recognized as one of 240 Colleges of Distinction. This selective college for men and women is situated on an 86-acre residential campus with small class sizes taught by an excellent faculty. Westminster is a challenging academic environment where students are educated to lead and inspired to succeed.
To learn more about Westminster College, people can visit the College web site at www.westminster-mo.edu.