Imagine having a soldier, an outlaw, an athlete, a game hunter, a businessman and a horse trainer speak at your graduation commencement. Westminster College will live this reality when Robert Redford speaks at the school this June.
While Redford played all these roles as an actor, he also wears many different hats in the real world. From actor to director to narrator to ski resort owner to Sundance Film Festival founder to environmental activist, Redford has done it all. As more than 900 graduates begin a new chapter of their lives, who better to inspire them than someone who has truly lived?
Redford's tireless energy has been grounded in the liberal arts, with a knack for exploring different avenues of creativity and expression. As a widely recognized liberal arts college, Westminster seems like the perfect fit. “Our graduating seniors are prepared to take on lives of success and meaning," says Wesminster President Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich. “More importantly, they will be lifelong learners, quick to adapt to changes in their lives and in their environment.”
Redford's career began in the 1960s, and has no indication of slowing down. Levin-Stankevich said Redford's commitment to social justice is a model for all his students transitioning to the professional world.
Wesminster College will hold their commencement ceremony June 1, 2013, 1:45 p.m. at the Maverick Center in West Valley.