Preparations for this year’s commencement are already under way, and we look forward to welcoming graduating students and their families, alumni, faculty, honorees and guests this May 7 and 8 in Mishawaka, Indiana. There will be three honorees who will receive special recognition as well as graduating students who will be awarded fellowships and prizes for their distinguished scholarship.
Dr. Yee will deliver the 2015 Annual Runcie Lecture on May 7 and will be awarded the Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies in recognition of her distinguished scholarly contributions in this field of study during graduation on May 8.
Since 1998, Dr. Yee has served as Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies at the Episcopal Divinity School and is a highly published author of scholarly texts including the lauded Poor Banished Children of Eve: Woman as Evil in the Hebrew Bible (Fortress).
Dr. Hunt will deliver the commencement address and will be inducted as a Fellow of the Graduate Theological Foundation on May 8 in recognition of his years of distinguished service as an educator, scholar and faith leader.
He is E. Franklin Frazier Professor of African American Studies at the GTF and Professor of Systematic, Moral and Practical Theology at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Hunt previously served as Superintendent of the Baltimore Metropolitan and Baltimore-Harford Districts of the United Methodist Church.
Dr. Leong will be awarded the Doctor of Divinity honoris causa in recognition of his years of distinguished service in education, music, and liturgy.
He is Fellow and Bishop Anthony James Walsh Professor of Asian Christian Studies and Musicology at the GTF as well as Director of Southeast Asia Programs. Dr. Leong has taught and served in Singapore, the U.S., and China in many capacities such as priest, chaplain, librarian, educator, vicar, and music consultant. He recently received two major awards for his volunteer service in Singapore.
More information about our upcoming graduation festivities will be available on our blog, through our social media, and in the next issues of this newsletter.