Commencement celebrates graduates and honors leaders


Seminary of the Southwest will hold its sixty-fifth commencement on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive in Austin. The preacher at the Holy Eucharist will be the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, bishop of the Diocese of Chicago.

The seminary will award master’s degrees in divinity, religion, counseling, chaplaincy and pastoral care and spiritual formation and diplomas in Anglican studies and in theological studies.

Southwest celebrates men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the church through their leadership and example. This year, honorary degree recipients will be Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry; Secretary of the Diocese of Texas Canon John Logan; and educator, worker for justice and founding member of Austin’s St. James’ Episcopal Church, Bertha Sadler Means.

Monday evening, May 23, family and friends of the graduates will gather for Evensong in Christ Chapel on the seminary campus at 6:00 p.m. A reception honoring the graduates follows the service.