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Seminaries in east, west prepare for commencement exercises

[Episcopal News Service]  Thirty-two degrees —19 Master of Divinity, eight Master of Arts in Theological Studies, two Doctor of Ministry, and three Certificates of Advanced Theological Study — will be conferred at the 2 p.m. graduation.

In addition to Griswold, EDS will confer honorary degrees on Dr. Valerie Batts, the co-founder and director of Vigorous Interventions In Ongoing Natural Settings (VISIONS), located in Roxbury, Massachusetts; Phoebe Griswold, wife of the Presiding Bishop, founding member of the Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts (ECVA), and participant and catalyst in Episcopal and Anglican women’s participation in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW);  and the Rev. Canon Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of divinity, chaplain and fellow of New College, Oxford. She will be the first Englishwoman whom EDS has honored for their participation in the “movement for the ordination of women.”

Forty-four seminary students are set to receive their degrees from Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), in Berkeley, California on May 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Additionally, honorary degrees will be conferred upon the Rev. Ardith Spierling Hayes, director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, CDSP; the Rev. Roger Alling, president, Episcopal Preaching Foundation, Inc., Camp Hill, Pennsylvania; the Rev. John Barton Sarjeant '65, former rector, St. John's Episcopal Church, Ross, California; the Rev. Thomas H. Schultz, O.H.C. (Order of the Holy Cross), prior, Incarnation Priory, Berkeley, California; and Dr. A. Gary Shilling, chairman, Episcopal Preaching Foundation, Inc., Springfield, New

Hayes, who will serve as commencement preacher, has also served as Dean of Students at the Pacific School of Religion, in Berkeley.  Hayes’ teaching and pastoral ministry continues to focus on the intersection of theory and practice.  She was the 25th woman to be ordained in the United Presbyterian Church, and remains a leader, advocate, and mentor for women in ministry.