School of Theology Commencement Graduates 41 Students and Confers Three Honorary Degrees

‌The University of the South's 2015­–16 academic year came to a close May 6 with a Convocation for the Conferring of Degrees in All Saints' Chapel. The joyous two-hour service was followed by a luncheon for the School of Theology, graduates, honorary degree recipients, and their families and friends. Photos from the entire event may be viewed and downloaded here.

Three honorary degrees were presented during the service. Honorary degrees were given to Richard Webster, Bruce Neswick, and the Rt. Rev. James Kendrick. Kendrick, who also provided a rousing sermon focused on hope for the graduates as they make their way out into the world to serve the Church. He warned them, however, that they will face indifference in today’s world, not the persecutions described in the Gospel reading, but obstacles none-the-less, and that they had chosen to engage in ministry at a time when the old ways of doing things in the Church are being challenged. In closing, Kendrick told them that as Christians, they had been given a power far greater than any degree, title, or color of shirt. They had been given a power from heaven, full of the Holy Spirit, to sing, and say, and that what they had to say was hope.

graduating classes photo

The School of Theology graduated 41 students during the Friday service. A complete list of the students with their degrees may be found below. The event was live-streamed here and is available for viewing. 

Several students received recognition during the service and throughout their time in Sewanee. Here you will find a complete list of the prizes, awards, and honors presented to students in the class of 2016.

2016 Graduates

Pamela Kathryn Payne

DAS

Ricardo Wayne Sheppard

DAS

Daniel Paul Spors

DAS

Amanda Carroll Stephenson

DAS

Jonathan R. Stratton

DAS

Pamela Elisabeth Dolan

DMIN

Eric Kimball Hinds

DMIN

Robert Kelly Leopold

DMIN

Brent Alan Melton

DMIN

Lynn Petrie Ronaldi

DMIN

Robert Casey Shobe

DMIN

James August Sorvillo Sr.

DMIN

Perry Estabrooke Olso Jones

MA

Mganulwa Noah Masima

MA

Dillon Southwick Stevens

MA

Lurena Anne Abdy

MDIV

Chase Dumont Ackerman

MDIV

Kathryn A. Bast

MDIV

Robert William Beazley

MDIV

Michael Joseph Bordelon

MDIV

Justin David Briggle

MDIV

Aelred Bernard Dean

MDIV

Robertson Carr Donehue

MDIV

Amy Elizabeth Duggins

MDIV

Boyd McCutchen Evans III

MDIV

Amy Martin George

MDIV

Dale Terence Grandfield

MDIV

Bobbi Jo  Heyboer

MDIV

Nathan Gabriel Huddleston

MDIV

John Ira Kennedy III

MDIV

Michael Thomas McCain

MDIV

Eleanor Becker McDaniel

MDIV

Lisa Stanley McIndoo

MDIV

Lori Cameron O'Riley

MDIV

Neil Kumar Raman

MDIV

Tyler Clayton Richards

MDIV

Joshua Paul Stephens

MDIV

Melinda Rae Valentine Davis

MDIV

Daniel Farris Pigg

STM

Bartholomew Lucas Segu

STM

Joseph Jenkins Shippen

STM