M. Craig Barnes to preside at his first Commencement since taking office in
Photos available upon request.
NJ, May 16, 2013–Princeton Theological Seminary will award 164
degrees to 159 graduates during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18. The
Commencement Service will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Princeton University
Chapel. Presiding will be the Seminary’s
new president, Dr. M. Craig Barnes.
One hundred seven (107) men and women will
receive the Master of Divinity degree, the basic professional degree for Christian
ministry. Five (5) students will receive dual degrees—both the Master of
Divinity degree and the Master of Arts degree. One (1) will receive the Master
of Arts in Theological Studies degree; two (2) will receive the Master of Arts
degree; twenty-one (21) the Master of Theology degree; one (1) will receive the
Doctor of Ministry degree; and twenty-two (22) the Doctor of Philosophy degree,
the highest degree granted by the institution. This year’s Ph.D. class is the
largest in recent history.
There are fourteen (14) international
students in the graduating class, including students from Egypt, Denmark, Japan,
Mexico, Myanmar, South Korea, Sweden, and Thailand. Most will return to their
native countries to teach and assume leadership positions in the church. Among
them are four Ph.D. graduates: Hani Kostandi Hanna, a native of Egypt, will
return to his homeland to become assistant professor at the Evangelical Theological
Seminary in Cairo. Chananporn Jaisaodee will return to Thailand as a professor
of Christian education at McGilvary College of Divinity at Payap University in
Chaing Mai. Yoshiyuki Kato will become assistant professor at Tokyo Christian
University in Japan, and Jin Kyung Park will join the faculty at Methodist
Theological University in Seoul, South Korea.
Graduates will serve as pastors in churches, as hospital and
prison chaplains, and in the mission field. They will teach in urban schools,
minister on college campuses, and continue their studies, both in the United
States and abroad. One graduate, Michael Gewecke, will be an assistant pastor
in Iowa and will also run a web management business that he founded for
Two graduates will follow in the footsteps of their parents when
they walk down the aisle of the university chapel to receive their diplomas.
Bailey Pruner’s mother Victoria and father James both graduated from Princeton
Seminary in 1985. And Jessica Hawkinson will join her mother, Suzan Hawkinson,
who graduated in 1984.
For additional information, contact the
Communications/Publications Office at 609.497.7760.
Princeton Seminary was established in 1812 by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church as a post-graduate professional school of theology. It is the largest Presbyterian seminary in the country, with more than 500 students in six graduate degree programs.