Above: Dean Allan H. Cole Jr. and Dr. Kay Bryant
Above: Austin Seminary's 2014 graduating class
Above: Parker Zimmerman, Layton Williams, and Amy Wilson-Stayton

2014 Austin Seminary Commencement Recap

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Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary held its commencement at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, at University Presbyterian Church, Austin, with an address by the Reverend Katherine B. Cummings (MDiv’05), associate pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, Houston. Commencement exercises included the granting of special awards to graduating seniors who distinguished themselves during their seminary experience.

During the service President Theodore J. Wardlaw announced graduate awards voted on by the faculty. Joshua Kerr received both the Charles L. King Preaching Award and the Chalice Press Book Award. Annanda Barclay was given the Rachel Henderlite Award for contributions to cross-cultural and interracial relationships; Lisa Rush, the Donald Capps Award in Pastoral Care; Kristi Click, the Hendrick-Smith Award for Evangelism and Missions; Alex Cornell, the Max Sherman and Barbara Jordan Fellowship for the integration of faith and public policy; Sharolyn Browning the John Spragens Award in Christian education; and Elizabeth Wallace the Carl Kilborn Book Award. 

The class of 2014 consists of forty-three students in four degree programs: thirty-three received the Master of Divinity degree; four, the Master of Arts (Theological Studies); two, the Master of Arts in Ministry Practice; and four, the Doctor of Ministry. Many of the candidates for the Master of Divinity degree—a prerequisite to parish ministry in most denominations—have already accepted calls to churches around the country.

On the eve of commencement, Saturday, May 25, at 6:00 p.m., Austin Seminary held a baccalaureate service, also hosted by University Presbyterian Church. The Reverend Dr. Gregory L. Cuéllar delivered the sermon and the Reverend Dr. Kristen Emery Saldine presided at the Lord’s Table.

Congratulations to the 2014 graduating class of Austin Seminary!