On the evening of Saturday, May 25, 2013 the St. Tikhon's Community gathered at the St. Michael's Parish Hall in Jermyn, PA for the Annual Banquet honoring this year's graduating class. Students and their families were admitted free courtesy of generous donations from both His Grace, Bishop Michael, Rector of the Seminary, and the Rev. Igumen Sergius, Abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery and Interim Dean of the Seminary.
Attendees enjoyed a wonderful dinner prepared by the faithful of St. Michael's Parish who graciously prepared the hall and served the 100+ guests including students and their families, out of town visitors, members of the Board of Trustees, Administration, Faculty, Staff of the seminary and memebers of the St. Tikhon's Monastery Brotherhood.
After a few short words of introduction by His Grace Bishop Michael, Igumen Sergius, and Archpriest John Kowalczyk, the graduating seminarians each approached the podium to convey their feelings about their time at St. Tikhon's and impart final words of thanks and encouragement to the Seminary Community. Afterwards, a benediction was offered by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon.
The St. Tikhon's Community extends its gratitude to all who helped make this wonderful evening possible and its congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2013! May God Bless each of you as you continue your ministry in whatever capacity you are called.