Friends and family of Seminary of the Southwest’s 24 graduates and three honorary doctorate recipients celebrated the seminary’s sixty-fifth commencement on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Austin. The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, bishop of the Diocese of Chicago preached at the Commencement Holy Eucharist. Bishop Lee’s sermon
The seminary awarded master’s degrees in divinity, religion, counseling, chaplaincy and pastoral care and spiritual formation and diplomas in Anglican studies and in theological studies.
Honorary degree recipients were Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry; Secretary of the Diocese of Texas Canon John A. Logan, Jr.; and educator, worker for justice and founding member of Austin’s St. James’ Episcopal Church, Bertha Sadler Means.
Monday evening, May 23, the seminary celebrated Evensong in Christ Chapel on the seminary campus. Dean and President Cynthia Briggs Kittredge preached the homily and presented each graduate with a seminary cross which was designed many years ago by prominent Texas jeweler, James Avery. A reception honoring the graduates followed the service.