The GTF day of convocation is a bringing together of our diverse student body in a celebration of each graduate’s academic achievements and professional contributions to the betterment of the world community. It is an opportunity for students to gain an understanding and appreciation of each other’s interests, research and work, and to connect with other graduates, GTF faculty and administrators. Most importantly, it is a day for our graduates to be recognized and honored for their involvement in and commitment to ministry and social service.
During the convocation festivities, each graduate will be asked to make a short presentation to a small group of fellow students. This presentation is an opportunity to explain who you are, the nature of your professional or personal ministry or social service activities, and to briefly summarize the work you completed to fulfill the final academic requirements of your GTF degree. Each student will be allotted 5 minutes to read their presentation, and an additional 5 minutes for group discussion and questions. This is an opportunity to meet, share, and connect with other members of the GTF community in a low-key and supportive group environment. It is a celebration of who you are and the work that you do.
Following lunch, students will regroup for the presentation of graduation stoles. Each student who has participated in the day of convocation activities will receive a cloth stole embroidered with the GTF seal. This stole is a gift to keep, and can be worn at the graduation ceremony on Friday as a symbol of your membership in the GTF community.
The day of convocation culminates in the annual Lord Robert Runcie Convocation Lecture. This year’s Runcie lecturer will be Dr. Muhammad Hatim,
Imam Warith Deen Muhammad Professor of African American Muslim Studies. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was educated there in the public schools. Dr. Hatim worked in the area of manufacturing and transit management for a private company and as a transportation planner and environmental engineer for the federal government. He has over 20 years’ experience in the informal resolution of equal employment opportunity (EEO) issues. As an Imam with the Admiral Family Circle Islamic Community (Admiral Family) in New York City, he headed its Justice Ministry, UN Summer Internship Program in Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, and is co-founder of the Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X) Human Rights Institute. He sits on several interfaith committees and is a Chaplain with Disaster Chaplain Services in New York City. He holds a BS in Industrial Arts Education, a MS in Transportation Planning and Engineering, a Ph.D. in Civil engineering (Environmental), Polytechnic University of New York, D.Min from the Graduate Theological Foundation, and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in New Jersey. He is a board certified clinical chaplain (BCCC), and pastoral counselor (BCPC) with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP). He is a contributor to the book Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Response to Community, Regional and National Tragedy.
In order to be able to participate in the day of convocation, students must plan to arrive in South Bend, Indiana by Wednesday evening, May 2nd, as the day of convocation begins at 9:00, Thursday morning, May 3rd. For more information on the 2018 Convocation and Graduation, please visit our website.