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69th Commencement for Seminary of the Southwest

May 19, 2020 - May 20, 2020

Seminary of the Southwest will hold two virtual ceremonies this year – a Service of Evening Prayer and a Service of Midmorning Prayer and Awarding of Degrees– to recognize and celebrate graduating students and award degrees in divinity, religion, counseling, chaplaincy and pastoral care and spiritual formation and diplomas in Anglican studies and in theological studies.

  • Both services will be premiered on Southwest’s Youtube Channel at their regularly scheduled times (see below).

This year’s Commencement speaker will be the Very Rev. Miguelina Howell, 10th Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford, CT.

A message of congratulations and hope will be delivered to the senior class by the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop.

In addition to conferring degrees on graduating members of the Class of 2020, Southwest will award a Doctor of Divinity honoris causa to Southwest alumna the Right Reverend Kathryn M. Ryan.


Tuesday, May 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Evening Prayer on the Occasion of the
69th Commencement of Seminary of the Southwest
with the Presentation of the Seminary Crosses and Remembrances

–>>Click here to view service bulletin for Order of Worship for the Evening on the Occasion of the 69th Commencement

Wednesday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m.

The 69th Commencement Exercises of
The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest
A Service of Midmorning prayer and Awarding of Degrees

–>> Click here to view service bulletin for Midmorning Office with the 69th Commencement Exercises

Commencement speaker:
The Very Rev. Miguelina Howell

Prior to her appointment as the Tenth Dean, Miguelina served as Vicar of the Cathedral.    Miguelina is originally from the Dominican Republic where she holds a license in clinical psychology.   She was ordained in 2002 in the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic. She is a member of the Episcopal Church Latino/Hispanic Ministries Council of Advice, member of the Board of the Society for the Increase of Ministry and was appointed to serve on the General Convention 2015  Task Force on Sustentability and Development of Latino/Hispanic Ministries. Miguelina serves as a faculty member of CREDO, a wellness program of the Church Pension Group. She was the seventh Rector of the Church of the Epiphany, Diocese of Newark, and served as a member of the Task Force for Re-imagining the Episcopal Church.  In the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic she was Priest-in-Charge of three congregations, executive director and administrator of the Diocesan Camp & Conference Center, and coordinator of Young Adult Ministries. Miguelina has also served as a member of the Presiding Bishop’s Staff at the Episcopal Church Center, as a member of the Council of Advice of the President of the House of Deputies, and as a member of Executive Council of the Episcopal Church.