Westminster 2012 Commencement Speaker
“We are very pleased that Bruce Bastian will present this year’s commencement address to the class of 2012,” said Westminster President Michael S. Bassis. “His success as an entrepreneur and business leader, generous philanthropy to the arts and courageous support for human rights is extraordinary. Our graduates will be entering a world of increasing diversity and rapid social change. I have no doubt they will benefit from the wisdom he has to share.”
At the commencement, Bastian will also be presented an honorary degree, as well as Noreen Roullard, Westminster Board of Trustees member.
About Bruce Bastian – 2012 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient:
Born in Twin Falls, Idaho, Bruce Wayne Bastian is a computer programmer, businessman, philanthropist and social activist. Bastian received a BA in Music Education and an MA in Computer Science at BYU.
In 1978, Bastian co-founded the WordPerfect Corporation with Dr. Alan Ashton. Until the merger of WordPerfect and NOVELL in 1994, Bastian served as Chairman of WordPerfect Corporation. He also led all international operations of the company as WordPerfect became the best-selling program of its kind in the U.S. and other countries around the globe.
Bastian holds a strong belief that people are inspired by the arts. Because of this, he is a long-time supporter of many performing arts organizations including Ballet West and the Utah Symphony and Opera.
As a social activist, Bastian is involved in local and national service projects and has established his own charitable foundation, the B. W. Bastian Foundation, which supports organizations that embrace the principle of equality. The Bastian Foundation is committed to supporting programs and organizations that benefit, encourage and preserve the rights of individuals, and promote equality for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community.
Bastian will receive a Doctor of Humanities degree at the commencement ceremony.