Westminster is pleased to announce Engels Tejeda, alumnus, lawyer and U.S. Army Reserve veteran, as the college's 2019 commencement speaker. Tejeda will address the Class of 2019 during the ceremony on May 11, 2019, at 9:45 a.m., at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah.
"Mr. Tejada exemplifies the ethical and engaged leadership of our alumni," said Bethami Dobkin, Westminster president. "He's a great role model and inspiration for our students."
Tejeda will receive an honorary Master of Arts in Community Leadership (MACL) degree at the ceremony.
About Engels Tejeda:
Engels Tejeda is a trial attorney at Holland & Hart in Salt Lake City. He represents primarily businesses in state and federal court. His areas of specialty include consumer protection defense, data breach and privacy investigations, financial disputes and bankruptcy, and he focuses on the renewable energy industry and rooftop solar sector. Tejeda served as a public affairs non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1999-2007, including two active-duty deployments to Iraq and Kosovo, during which he helped develop and implement a media and public affairs program. He received the Army's commendation and achievement medals, the NATO medal, the National Defense Service Medal and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Tejeda graduated from Westminster College cum laude in 2003 with a B.A. in economics. While he was a student at Westminster, Tejada served as student body president from 2002-03 and received the President's Leadership Award in 2003. Since that time, he has served as an alumni mentor, helping to support and guide students who are interested in pursuing a career in law. After graduating, he attended the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he graduated with his J.D. in 2006.
Throughout his legal career, Tejeda has remained committed to the importance and value of giving back to his community and volunteering his legal services on a pro bono basis. Most recently, Tejeda worked with the Dilley Project to provide pro bono legal representation to individuals seeking asylum in the United States. By appointment of the Utah Supreme Court, he serves as a volunteer judge pro tempore for the Salt Lake City Justice Court Small Claims Division. He is actively involved with the Utah Minority Bar Association, Utah Center for Legal Inclusion, Utah Bar Association, the Utah Solar Energy Association, the National LGBT Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association. Tejeda is from the Dominican Republic and currently resides in Salt Lake City.