Commencement

General Seminary Holds 194th Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

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The General Theological Seminary held its 194th Commencement on May 11, 2016. Thirteen women and men received degrees, diplomas, and certificates conferred by the Seminary's Dean and President, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle. The Seminary’s honorary doctorate was conferred on the Rt. Rev. Santosh K. Marray, A. Gary Shilling, and the Rev. Becca Stevens. Read more about the honorary doctorate recipients here.

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A video of the Commencement may be seen here:

Commencement 2016 at The General Theological Seminary

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Certificate in Spiritual Direction

Beverly A. Bartlett David Bullock Tommie Lee Watkins, Jr.*

Certificate in the Spiritual Guidance of Children

Debra L. Egloff Pamela B. Miano†

Diploma in Anglican Studies

Tami L. Burks Winston Teal Smith

Master of Arts

Anne Elizabeth Rieselbach

Master of Divinity

Charles H. Bauer, cum laude Nancy Hoffman Hennessey Gretchen Suzanne Ratterree Ann Kathryne Urinoski Tommie Lee Watkins, Jr.*, cum laude

Master of Sacred Theology

Elizabeth Brooke Schrader Anne Bowie Snodgrass

Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa)

Santosh Kumar Marray A. Gary Shilling Rebecca Mary Stevens

*Received both a Certificate or Diploma and a Master’s level degree †Conferred in absentia

General Seminary Holds 193rd Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

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The General Theological Seminary held its 193rd Commencement on May 20, 2015. Twenty-seven women and men received degrees, diplomas, and certificates conferred by the Seminary's Dean and President, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle. The Seminary’s honorary doctorate was conferred on the Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin '96, Dr. Jennifer Te Paa Daniel, and the Rt. Rev. Robert Christopher Wright. Read more about the honorary doctorate recipients here.

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A video of the Commencement may be seen here:

Commencement 2015 at The General Theological Seminary

 

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Certificate in Anglican Studies

Jennifer Lee Oldstone-Moore

Certificate in Spiritual Direction

Marilyn Ayres McMillan* Deborah Rogers James Richard Sadler*† Dawn Stegelmann*

Certificate in the Spiritual Guidance of Children Marion Fluchère† David John Gaeth

Diploma in Anglican Studies

Maryel Eleyda Girón Sarah Emily Hedgis Anne Bowie Snodgrass Alexandra Michele Steed Van Kuiken

Master of Arts

Marilyn Ayres McMillan* James Richard Sadler*† Elizabeth Brooke Schrader cum laude Peter Charles Secor

Master of Divinity

Lisa J. Busby cum laude Kathleen Erin Killian Jesse Williams Lebus Hershey Andrael Mallette Andrew Austin McGehee James Michael Miller cum laude Matthew Harris Welch

Master of Sacred Theology

Erin Lin Betz Shank† Benjamin James Brenkert† Matthew Paul Buccheri Lisa Posey Krakowsky Jason Alder Poling Aaron William Smith† Dawn Stegelmann*

Doctor of Theology

Shane Scott-Hamblen

Doctor of Divinity(honoris causa)

Jennifer Louise Te Paa Daniel Allen Kunho Shin Robert Christopher Wright

*Received both a Certificate or Diploma and a Master’s level degree †Conferred in absentia

General Seminary Holds 192nd Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

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The General Theological Seminary held its 192nd Commencement on May 14, 2014. Thirty-five women and men received degrees, diplomas, and certificates conferred by the Seminary's Dean and President, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle. The Seminary’s honorary doctorate was conferred on the Rt. Rev. Douglas Hahn '96, the Rt. Rev. Chip Stokes '90, and the Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D. Read more about the honorary doctorate recipients here.

To download a high-resolution picture of the Class of 2014, click here.

A video of the Commencement may be seen here:

Commencement 2014 at The General Theological Seminary

 

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Certificate in Ascetical Theology

Eugene Alphonse Bourquin

Certificate in Spiritual Direction

Andrew John Durbidge* Lesley J. Mazzotta Anthony Puca, Jr.* Lilian Revel* Susan Briggs Robinson* Jennie Talley* Certificate in the Spiritual Guidance of Children Christen Laney Erskine†

Diploma in Anglican Studies

Nancy Jane Hagner Warren Bradley Toebben

Master of Arts

L. Scott Lipscomb cum laude Lilian Revel* cum laude Susan Robinson* cum laude Robert Lee Schotter cum laude Brian-Paul Thomas

Master of Divinity

John L. Allison** Jae Wook Chung Donnamarie Donohue Andrew John Durbidge* Mark Frederick Genszler cum laude Lauren Robbins Holder Christine Ann Jones Walter Bradford Kindergan Lorenzo Lebrija Steven Yong Lee cum laude Joyce Bearden McGirr Anne Nicholson William L. Ogburn Richard St. John Pike cum laude Anthony Puca, Jr.* Angela Marie Robidoux Marc Almendarez Stutzel cum laude Jennie Talley* cum laude Megan Evans Thomas Michael Townes Watson

Master of Sacred Theology

John L. Allison** Rebecca Anne Barnes Julia Elizabeth Heard cum laude Miguel Angel Hernandez† Joanne Izzo Katherine Ann Salisbury cum laude

Doctor of Divinity(honoris causa)

William Douglas Hahn Charles Kevin Robertson William Hallock Stokes

*Received both a Certificate or Diploma and a Master’s level degree **Received both a Master’s level degree and an advanced Master’s degree †in absentia

General Seminary Holds 191st Commencement [PHOTO + VIDEO]

The General Theological Seminary held its 191th Commencement on May 15, 2013. Forty-six women and men received degrees, diplomas, or certificates conferred by the Seminary's Associate Dean, the Rev. Dr. Patrick Malloy. The Seminary’s honorary doctorate was conferred on the Reverend Carol Anderson, the Right Reverend Andrew M. L. Dietsche, and the Right Reverend Dorsey W. M. McConnell.

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A video of the Commencement may be seen here:

Commencement 2013 at The General Theological Seminary

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MASTER OF DIVINITY

Sara Jean Bates

Arlette Benoit*

John Christian Bethell

Fred McKelder Brown

Mercedes Busto

Timothy Patrick Carr

Krista Kaarin Dias

Patrice Ruth Fike*

Michael B. Foley cum laude 

Andrew Colquhoun Goldhor

Miguel A. Hernandez

Mary Julia Jett** cum laude 

Alexander David Martin cum laude 

Lauren Taylor McLeavey

Michael C. Meaney, Jr.

James Kay Melton cum laude 

Frederic Alling Miller

Kathleen Murray*

Rebecca S. Myers

Caroline Peacock cum laude 

Michael Rau

Kimberly A. Reinholz

Kerlin Richter

Mikael Salovaara

Nicholas Sollom

Marie A. Tatro cum laude 

H. Pickett Wall

Stefanie Glenn Wilson

CERTIFICATE IN SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Arlette Benoit*

Patrice Ruth Fike*

William Stephens Geffine*

Catherine D. Kerr

Kathleen Murray*

DIPLOMA IN ANGLICAN STUDIES

Kristen Claire Foley†

Shannon Rose Harris

Joanne Izzo

Sean Robert Lanigan

George Williamson Taylor†

MASTER OF ARTS

Donald R. Crawshaw† cum laude 

William Stephens Geffine*

Julia Elizabeth Heard cum laude 

Frederick John Imbimbo

Denise Jean LaVetty

Elizabeth H. Theofan cum laude 

Kathleen T. Ullmann cum laude 

Tim Wentzlaff cum laude

MASTER OF SACRED THEOLOGY

Meg Allred Finnerud cum laude 

Stephen C. Holton cum laude 

Betsy D. Smith Ivey cum laude 

Mary Julia Jett** cum laude

DOCTOR OF DIVINITY(HONORIS CAUSA)

Carol Anderson

Andrew Marion Lenow Dietsche

Dorsey Winter Marsden McConnell

*Receiving both a Certificate or Diploma and a Master’s level degree **Receiving both a Master’s level degree and an Advanced Master’s Degree †In absentia

Awards and Prizes from the 191st Commencement at The General Theological Seminary

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The following prizes were awarded at the 191st Commencement on May 15, 2013:The Alumni/ae Prize in Ecclesiastical History was awarded to Mary Julia Jett, Class of 2013.

The Winifred H. Clark, Jr. Prize in Anglican Mission and Social Justice was awarded to William Stephens Geffine, Class of 2013.

The Journeys Unlimited New York Holy Land Travel Prize was awarded to Nicholas Sollom, Class of 2013.

The Bishop of Newark Preaching Prize for a sermon by a graduating M.Div. student on the bases of content, delivery, theological consistency and biblical integrity was awarded to Frederic A. Miller, Class of 2013.

The McVikar Alumni/ae Greek Prize was awarded to James Miller, Class of 2015, and Robert Schotter, Class of 2014.

The Seymour Prize for extemporaneous preaching by any student was awarded jointly to Sean Lanigan, Class of 2013, and Caroline Peacock, Class of 2013.

The J. Wilson Sutton Prize for a thesis submitted by a graduating M.Div. or M.A. student was awarded to Marie Tatro, Class of 2013.

The George Cabot Ward Prize for reading of the Bible and the Service of the Church by a graduating M.Div. or M.A. student was awarded to Frederic A. Miller, Class of 2013.

The Martyrs of Memphis Award for Outstanding Service, given to a graduating student who has exhibited a spirit of pastoral care, compassion and deep commitment in theological field education work, was awarded to John Christian Bethell, Class of 2013.

The Robert Dentan Scholarship Prize for Excellence in Old Testament Studies was awarded to James Miller, Class of 2015.

The Edwin Cromey Prize for Excellence in Liturgical Studies was awarded to Alexander Martin, Class of 2013, and Caroline Peacock, Class of 2013.

General Seminary Confers Three Honorary Doctorates

The Rev. Carol Anderson was ordained a priest in 1977, among the first women so ordained in The Episcopal Church. She served in a variety of parishes, both small and large, before being called in 1989 as Rector of All Saints' Episcopal Church, in Beverly Hills, California, in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, where she ministered until her retirement in January 2010. Under her leadership, All Saints' grew substantially in virtually every ministry area—from small groups, pastoral care, and assistance services for the homeless to ministry with specific groups, including 20s/30s and seniors. All Saints' also became known for its radical welcome of LGBTQ people, even in the context of a conservative evangelical theology. All Saints' was one of the first Episcopal parishes in the United States to adopt the Alpha course, a series of weekly sessions on the basics of the Christian faith with a focus on the meaning of life, and indeed adapted Alpha for LGBTQ seekers.  Anderson is the author of Knowing Jesus in Your Life, a book that explains how Christians can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Time magazine once profiled Anderson in this article revealing of her ministry and gifts.

The Rt. Rev. Andrew M. L. Dietsche is the Sixteenth Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of New York. From 2001 until his election as bishop, he served as Canon for Pastoral Care in the diocese, responsible for the pastoral care of the clergy and their families. Previously, he served for eleven years as the rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Prior to his ordination, Bishop Dietsche was a freelance graphic designer and cartoonist, and he continues to create cartoons for church publications such as The Episcopal New Yorker. In January 2013, he was a guest presenter in General Seminary's course Cartoons, Theology and Relationship with God.

The Rt. Rev. Dorsey W. M. McConnell was formally seated as the Eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh in November 2012. He earned his M.Div. from General Seminary in 1983, cum laude, and went on to minister as curate of Saint Thomas Church, New York City; chaplain for the Episcopal Church at Yale; rector of the Church of the Epiphany in New York; and rector of Saint Alban’s Church in Edmonds, Washington. In 2004, he returned to the East Coast, accepting a call as rector of Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, where he served until his election as Bishop of Pittsburgh. Bishop McConnell is the first tenured diocesan bishop to shepherd the Pittsburgh diocese since its previous bishop led a schism over theology and sexual ethics in 2008.

General Seminary conferred its first honorary degree in 1885.

General Seminary Confers Four Honorary Doctorates

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At its 190th Commencement ceremonies, The General Theological Seminary conferred honorary doctorates on the Most Rev. Martín Barahona, Bishop of El Salvador; David Booth Beers, Esq., Chancellor to the Presiding Bishop; the Rev. Canon Carl Gerdau, distinguished church leader; and the Rev. Dr. Richard Pfaff, Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina.

The Most Rev. Martín Barahona, is Bishop of El Salvador and the former Anglican Primate of Central America. Consecrated in 1992, he has served as a leader in growing the vibrant parish life of the diocese and has been an historic advocate for the rights of women, LGBT persons and those in economic distress.  He has served as president of El Salvador’s National Council of Churches and enjoys broad ecumenical respect, having formed deep bonds with his colleagues, especially the Lutheran Bishop of El Salvador. Despite an assassination attempt in 2010, Bishop Barahona remains deeply committed to his ministry and his people. He stated shortly after the attempt on his life, "I have learned several things from this, that I love my people more and more, I won’t stop being a bishop, and I love God.”

David Booth Beers, Esq.  is a noted attorney and Chancellor to the Presiding Bishop. He is of counsel to the law firm Goodwin Proctor where he has an extensive national and international practice in the non-profit sector. He has led the legal effort of the Episcopal Church to safe guard the rights and property of the church, dioceses and parishes from the plans of those who have broken away from the church and yet attempted to take church property with them. He has worked closely for many years with the Church History faculty of the Seminary in his support of the church and enjoys wide and deep respect. He is an active layman in St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Washington.

The Rev. Canon Carl Gerdau has served as canon to two Presiding Bishops, having served the Most Rev. Frank Griswold in his tenure and the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori during her transition into office. He has a particular interest and expertise in seminary education, and served as Chair of the Board of Bexley Hall Seminary.  Having served the Church Pension Fund and numerous boards and committees during some of the most challenging times, he is an extraordinary leader and example for the Seminary’s students.

The Rev. Dr. Richard Pfaff is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina. A deeply accomplished scholar, his research and teaching interests center on the ecclesiastical, cultural and historical aspects of medieval England.  Widely published and respected, he has focused on liturgical manuscripts and monastic scriptoria, architecture, hagiography and the Church Fathers. Having devoted four decades to the study the study of medieval liturgy, his landmark work, The Liturgy in Medieval England: A History, was published in 2009 by Cambridge University Press. Equally noteworthy was his 1970 study, New Liturgical Feasts in Later Medieval England. Dr. Pfaff is a 1966 alumnus of GTS.

Awards and Prizes from the 190th Commencement at General Seminary

The following prizes were awarded at the 190th Commencment on May 16, 2012: The Alumni/ae Prize in Ecclesiastical History was awarded to Rebecca Anne Barnes, Class of 2012.

The Journeys Unlimited New York Holy Land Travel Prize was awarded to Keith Alden Voets, Class of 2012.

The Bishop of Newark Preaching Prize for a sermon by a graduating M.Div. student on the bases of content, delivery, theological consistency and biblical integrity was awarded to Samuel V. Tallman, Class of 2012.

The Church and Society Prize for a paper submitted by a graduating M.Div. student on an aspect of urban life and ministry was awarded to John Christopher Ballard, Class of 2012.

The McVikar Alumni/ae Greek Prize was awarded to Lauren Holder, Class of 2014.

The Seymour Prize for extemporaneous preaching by any student was awarded jointly to John Christopher Ballard, Class of 2012 and Jeffrey Keith Evans, Class of 2012.

The J. Wilson Sutton Prize for a thesis submitted by a graduating M.A. or M.Div. student was awarded to Robert Owens Scott, Class of 2012.

The George Cabot Ward Prize for reading of the Bible and the Service of the Church by a graduating M.Div. or M.A. student was awarded to Brandt Montgomery, Class of 2012.

The Clement J. Whipple Prize for a paper submitted to the faculty by a student in any degree program, which has been accepted for publication was awarded to Jack Gilpin, Class of 2012.

General Seminary Holds 190th Commencement [PHOTO]

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The General Theological Seminary held its 190th Commencement on May 16, 2012. Fifty-four women and men received degrees, diplomas, or certificates conferred by the Seminary's Associate Dean, the Rev. Dr. Patrick Malloy. The Seminary’s honorary doctorate was conferred on the Most Rev. Martín Barahona, Bishop of El Salvador; David Booth Beers, Esq., Chancellor to the Presiding Bishop; the Rev. Canon Carl Gerdau, distinguished church leader; and the Rev. Dr. Richard Pfaff, Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina. Download full-sized graduating class photo.

Student Prize Opportunities for 2012

The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church General Seminary annually awards a number of prizes in areas that have been designated by donors over the many years of the seminary's existence.  Each prize has one faculty member who coordinate(s) the process; in some cases other faculty members and persons from outside the Seminary participate in the process.  Prizes in reading and preaching involve specially arranged times for performance in these areas, usually during Reading Days.  Prizes for essays call for submission of work relating to the prize, but essays may be those previously submitted for courses, or revisions of them.  The following is a list of the all the prizes and the names of the faculty/staff members who coordinate consideration.  Faculty members circulate the criteria for each prize for which they are responsible, along with the process and deadlines.

  • 2011 Alumni/ae Prize in Ecclesiastical History:  Established in 1895, this prize is awarded annually to a member of the senior class for the best essay focusing on “the historical interpretation of the life and thought of the Church of England (including the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion) with special reference to its continuity with the ancient Catholic Church.”  Seniors interested in the competition should signify the same to Professor Wright by May 3.  This two-hour open-book examination may be taken anywhere at any time within the period from May 4 to May 7.   The traditional value of this prize is $200.  Responsibility: Professors Wright and Mullin
  • 2011 Clement J. Whipple Prize:  This prize is awarded annually for the best paper submitted to the Faculty by a student in any degree program of the Seminary for work that has been refereed and accepted for publication.  The deadline for this competition is May 7, the traditional value of this prize is $200.  Responsibility:  Professor Wright.
  • Church and Society Prize: for a paper by a graduating M.Div. student on urban life and ministry, $200.  Responsibility:  Professor Malloy
  • Winifred H. Clark, Jr. Prize in Anglican Mission and Social Justice: $500.  Responsibility:  Chaplain Reho and Professor Malloy
  • The H.P. Montgomery Prize: This prize is awarded to the Junior M.Div student achieving the highest grade-point average.  Responsibility: Mr. Hagerty
  • Journeys Unlimited New York Holy Land Travel Prize: awarded to two graduating M.Div. students.  Responsibility: Professors Good and Owens
  • McVikar Alumni/ae Prize in Greek: awarded to an M.Div student, $200.  Responsibility:  Professor Shaner
  • The Bishop Of Newark Preaching Prize: is awarded to the graduating M.Div. Senior whose sermon is judged best on the basis of content, delivery, theological consistency and biblical integrity. The recipient of this award will be the preacher at the Commencement Day Holy Eucharist on May 18. You are to preach what you believe to be your best sermon to date other than your Senior sermon. Sermons should not exceed 15 minutes. This event will be held on Tuesday, May 3. Sermons will be heard by Professors Good and DeChamplain. The start time will be 11:30 or 1:30—depending on how many desire to preach.  A sign-up sheet will be posted in the Mail Room on April 15th and remain there until April 29. People should sign up there and the order of sign-up will be the preaching order on May 3.  Responsibility:  Professors De Champlain and Good
  • The Seymour Prize: is given in recognition of the best extemporaneous preaching by a seminarian of any class. This particular competition will be held on Friday, May 5, 2011 in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd beginning at 1:30 P.M. Professors DeChamplain and Good will hear five-minute homilies DELIVERED WITHOUT NOTES, and with 30 minutes preparation time.  Details about preaching order and scripture text will be given to those who express interest. This sign-up sheet will be posted in the Mail Room on April 15th and remain there until May 2.  Responsibility:  Professors De Champlain and Good.
  • J. Wilson Sutton Prize: for a thesis submitted by a graduating M.A. or M.Div. student, $550.: Thesis advisors to make nominations and submission to a judge named by Bishop Lee.
  • George Cabot Ward Prize: for reading of the Bible and the Service of the Church by a graduating M.Div.  or M.A. student, $200.  Responsibility:  Professor Hurd
  • William C. Winslow Prize:  The Seminary can award two cash prizes each year for essays or articles (published or unpublished) on a subject relating to "Archaeology and the Bible." These are awarded in honor of William C. Winslow, and are available to M.Div. Middlers and Seniors. The essay may--but need not--have been submitted as a class paper. "Archaeology" is understood here to mean the study of the material remains or features (personal implements, buildings, geography, economic patterns, etc.) of the ancient societies related to the Old or New Testament writings.  April 29th is the deadline for submissions.  Responsibility: Professor Owens