Austin Seminary is pleased to welcome the entering class of 2019. The class is composed of twenty-nine Master of Divinity (MDiv) students—including three who are enrolling in the dual degree program to earn the MSSW from The University of Texas’s Hicks School of Social Work—ten Master of Arts in Youth Ministry (MAYM) students, and four Master of Arts (Theological Studies) or MATS, students, including two Global Partners. Ten of these students received merit fellowships (covering tuition and fees and a stipend for housing and expenses) or scholarships (covering full tuition).
The average age of the incoming class is thirty-five; 31% are persons of color, 67% are single; eleven denominations are represented including 37% Presbyterian, 29% United Methodist, and 24% non-denominational. They are coming from fourteen states and three countries outside the United States (Korea, the Philippines, and Zambia). Two new students lived on campus in AYAVA House last year, and two new students are the child of an Austin Seminary alumnus.
Austin Seminary is also welcoming seven young adults to AYAVA House. These are students who are doing a year of service in the Austin area under the AmeriCorps program. Under the supervision of Austin Seminary staff, they will engage in simple communal living, theological and vocational discernment, and reflective spiritual practices during their time in Austin.
The 2019-2020 academic year begins September 3 with an Opening Convocation service; Professor Margaret Aymer delivering the address, "Learning from the Exiles: Resilience and the General Epistles." In the evening, a service of Word and Eucharist takes place with President Ted Wardlaw preaching. All new students will sign their name to the "Declaration of Intent," promising to live faithfully in community, a tradition that goes back to the founding of the institution.