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Westmont graduation features David Brooks

Alister Chapman, associate professor of history, gives the invocation Saturday at Westmont College's commencement. KENNETH SONG/NEWS-PRESS

Alister Chapman, associate professor of history, gives the invocation Saturday at Westmont College’s commencement.
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More than 300 member of the Class of 2015 received their diplomas Saturday at Westmont College’s commencement at Russ Carr field.

A small cadre of students and instructors were furthered honored for excellence in their field before the main ceremony, which featured hymns and a commencement speech from New York Times columnist David Brooks, whose new book, “The Road to Character,” is a summation of the course he taught on humility at Yale University (and makes for good advice to grads.)

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Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks at Westmont’s College’s annual breakfast

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks about "Leadership Lessons from American Presidents" at Friday's 10th annual Westmont President's Breakfast. NIK BLASKOVICH/NEWS-PRESS

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks about “Leadership Lessons from American Presidents” at Friday’s 10th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast.
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A packed crowd of Westmont College faculty, donors and supporters received a powerful lesson in history Friday morning from Doris Kearns Goodwin, author and historian.

Known for her series of presidential biographies, most notably “Team of Rivals,” which Steven Spielberg used as the basis for the film “Lincoln,” she gave a rousing and humorous lecture on four presidents for the 10th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast.

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Westmont graduates more than 350

Bagpipers lead professors and graduates onto the field Saturday morning for Westmont College"s commencement. CARMEN SMYTH/NEWS-PRESS PHOTOS

Bagpipers lead professors and graduates onto the field Saturday morning for Westmont College”s commencement.
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At Westmont College”s Russell Carr Field on Saturday, 367 members of the Class of 2014 made their way to the podium to receive their diplomas and head out into the world while friends and family cheered.

The Christian college”s commencement featured choirs, awards, tributes to faculty both living and dead, and a rousing commencement speech by Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church.

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Double Toil and Trouble – Westmont Theater’s ‘Macbeth’ is a speedy trip into madness

Junior Felisha Vasquez, left, and senior Jessica Drake rehearse a scene from 'Macbeth.' Brad Elliott Photos

Junior Felisha Vasquez, left, and senior Jessica Drake rehearse a scene from ‘Macbeth.’
Brad Elliott Photos

If you’re tired already of the holiday spirit, then how about some murder, revenge, madness and bloodshed, where the only spirit is a manifestation of your guilt? Westmont’s production of “Macbeth,” whose only spirit is the manifestation of guilt, should satisfy.

Performed with a five-woman cast, this “Macbeth” strips an already speedy play — one of Shakespeare’s shortest — down to 45 or 50 minutes.

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