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Foundation Footnotes: Overview of 2014 Graduation and Convocation

The Rev. Dr. Ekman P. C. Tam is Professor of Spirituality and Psychotherapy at the GTF

Dr. Ekman P. C. Tam is Professor of Spirituality and Psychotherapy at the GTF

This spring we will celebrate again the accomplishments of studentsas we hold our annual convocation and graduation on May 2.  We will join with graduating students, their guests and families, and our own faculty, alumni, and honorees hailing from a number of countries, representing a variety of faith communities, and speaking several languages.  For 2014, we welcome GTF professors Rabbi Dr. James Michaels and Dr. Ekman Tam who will be inducted as Fellows of the Graduate Theological Foundation, the highest recognition granted to GTF professors; they will be awarded honorary doctorates for their service in their respective fields.

This year’s Honorary Fellow, a special designation granted to scholars who are not members of the faculty, will be The Rev. Dr. Douglas Ronsheim, Executive Director of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, who will also be awarded an honorary doctorate for his work.  Dr. Ronsheim will be the 2014 Runcie Lecturer.

Rabbi Dr. James Michaels is Rabbi A. Stanley Dreyfus Professor of Jewish Studies at the GTF

Rabbi Dr. James Michaels is Rabbi A. Stanley Dreyfus Professor of Jewish Studies at the GTF

Dr. Carole Eipers, an alumna of the GTF and Vice President, Executive Director of Catechetics for William H. Sadlier Publishing, Inc., will deliver the 2014 Graduation Address.

Established in 2009 in honor of the scholar and former Dean of Harvard Divinity School, The Rev. Dr. Krister Stendahl, the Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies will be awarded to The Rev. Dr. Renita Weems.  Other prizes and fellowships will be awarded to graduating students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship.

Preceding the graduation on the evening of Thursday, May 1, the GTF will host its annual Lord Robert Runcie Convocation Lecture Series.  The lecturer this year will be The Rev. Dr. Douglas Ronsheim.  More information about the graduation festivities this spring will be available online and in this newsletter over the coming months.