Austin Seminary began its 2012-2013 academic year with an opening convocation on Tuesday, September 4 in Shelton Chapel. Monya Stubbs, associate professor of New Testament, delivered the convocation address “Subjection to God.” President Theodore Wardlaw presided over the evening worship, introduced the incoming class of 2012, and invited each to sign the "Declaration of Intent," a covenantal agreement which bears the names of all students who have entered into study at Austin Seminary.
Forty-three students make up the incoming class of 2012. Thirty-nine have entered into the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program, four of whom are dual degree students; one Master of Arts (theological studies) or MATS; and three are entering into the new Master of Arts in Ministerial Practice (MAMP) degree program.
This class of students represents eight denominations, 48% are PC(USA), representing twelve presbyteries, 26% are United Methodist Church. The female-to-male ratio is 50/50. The average age of this class is 38.7. Twenty-four percent of this class identify as racial/ethnic minority.