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Westmont College sends off Class of 2021

Dr. Sandy Richter looked out at the Westmont College Class of 2021 during Saturday’s commencement ceremony and asked them: “What is the deal with you people?” more

Westmont hosts in-person graduation for Class of 2021

Westmont College’s Class of 2021 definitely earned their nickname, the Warriors. The class had a college experience impacted by disaster after disaster. First, the Thomas Fire postponed finals, then the Montecito debris flow. more

After Four Years of Adversity, Westmont College Graduates Celebrate Achievements, Resilience: Commencement highlights the Class of 2021’s less than traditional experience; Cottage Health’s Ron Werft is presented the Westmont Medal

Hundreds of mask-wearing Westmont College seniors walked across the stage and received their diplomas during an in-person commencement ceremony on Saturday morning at Thorrington Field in Santa Barbara. Members of Westmont’s Class of 2021 rank among the most resilient and determined college graduates in the history of the nation, school officials said. more

Westmont College preparing for in-person graduation Saturday

The Westmont College Class of 2021 definitely earned their nickname, The Warriors. The class saw their college experience filled with one disaster after another. First, the Thomas Fire postponed finals. Then the debris flows. And they’re now graduating during the COVID-19 pandemic. more

Downtown Santa Barbara goes to school with two colleges on the move

Westmont College is creating a post-bachelor’s nursing program, and the program will open in the college’s new space in downtown Santa Barbara, making Westmont the second college to move recently into new space downtown. The new nursing program is a major expansion for Westmont, which created it in conjunction with Cottage Hospital. more

Westmont College Launching Nursing Program at New Downtown Santa Barbara Campus: Program will provide an accelerated program for a nursing bachelor’s degree

In a bold and visionary move, Westmont College plans to launch a nursing program at its new downtown Santa Barbara campus.  In partnership with Cottage Health, Westmont has targeted the spring of 2022 to kick of the program at 26 West Anapamu St., a building it recently purchased. “We are delighted,” Westmont President Gayle Beebe told Noozhawk. “To be able to start a program downtown that really brings the college right into the midst of the central business district is incredibly meaningful.” more

Coronavirus wreaks havoc with college seniors’ final year, future plans: Some graduations have been postponed in a time of uncertainty for students.

Many of them are back in their childhood bedrooms, ribbons from high school glory dusty on the walls. Some have their homework spread on their parents’ kitchen table. Most are taking online courses with group calls on a software called Zoom, or watching their instructors on YouTube videos. The coronavirus has brought an abrupt end to their senior years. Meet the college graduating class of 2020. … Cory Dawson, a senior at Westmont College, said he was going to use his parents’ kitchen table in Rancho Santa Margarita for homework sessions.

Montecito Debris Flow, Two Years Later: ‘We never knew we could hurt so much. We’ve also grown stronger than we ever thought possible.’

‘We never knew we could hurt so much. We’ve also grown stronger than we ever thought possible.’ Two years removed from one of the worst natural disasters in Santa Barbara County history, hundreds packed into Murchison Gym at Westmont College Thursday night to remember those who were lost in the Montecito debris flow. more

Obituary: Richard B. Welch

Richard (Dick) Welch passed away at Samarkand Skilled Nursing Facility in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. He was born on December 6,1939, to Donald B. Welch and Genevieve Hinkle Welch at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. … He was a former member of the Board of Directors of Cottage Health Care System, Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce. He was Chairman of Westmont College Foundation, Chair of the YMCA Capital Campaign to renovate the “Y”, and Chair of the Planned Giving Committee of Family Service Agency. more

Former Appleton Mayor James Sutherland, who served from 1972 to 1980, dies at age 84

Former Appleton Mayor James Sutherland died Dec. 14 from acute heart failure, his family said. He was 84. Sutherland served as mayor from 1972 to 1980, when he lost his bid for a third term to Dorothy Johnson. … In 1983, Sutherland took a job in the admissions office at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more