Recognized as a leader in the civil rights movement and the business world, Bruce Bastian, an entrepreneur, Utah philanthropist, and long-time board member of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Westminster College at its commencement ceremony this weekend. Bastian co-founded the WordPerfect Corporation in 1978 and served as its Chairman until 1994. He is also the founder of 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 LGBT equality.
“Bruce Bastian has dedicated his life to making the lives of others better,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “Bruce remains a leader in the fight for equality, not only for the LGBT community, but for all who are marginalized by society. His charitable work includes funding shelters for homeless youth, supporting the arts, and serving on the board of directors of the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. We commend Bruce for his hard work and dedication to humanity.”
In addition to receiving an honorary degree, Bruce Bastian will also deliver the commencement address at Westminster College’s commencement ceremony.