St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary announced its 2020 Commencement plan today. Having extended the Semester by one week while restructuring for the COVID-imposed move to online instruction, graduation exercises will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, 2020.
Friday evening, May 29, will feature the hybrid live-online portion of Commencement. The evening will feature various Commencement Speakers, including His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, President of the Seminary; His Eminence Archbishop Michael, Rector of St. Tikhon’s; in addition to this year’s commencement speaker, Archimandrite Zacharias from the Monastery of Saint John the Baptist, Essex, England. Archimandrite Zacharias is a disciple of recently-canonized Saint Sophrony and long-time friend of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary. Further details of the broadcast will be forthcoming, both here and at the seminary’s website here. A recording will also be made available through Ancient Faith Radio.
On Saturday, May 30, following all protocols and directives given by public health officials of Wayne County, PA, the seminary will proceed with commencement exercises in a very limited and private manner, honoring the graduating students and their families as able. Due to the fluid nature of the pandemic, a full plan is still being finalized. Because of social distancing requirements, and other Wayne County directives, the commencement exercises on Saturday May 30 will be closed to those outside the immediate seminary community.
5.27.2020 Update from Fr. John Parker, the Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary:
We are working hard this week to finalize our Graduation ceremonies. A reminder: Friday evening, 6:30-7:45PM Live on our Facebook Page. There will be a few other ways to login as well. TBA.
5.28.2020 Update from the Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary:
Please join us tomorrow evening. Below is the announcement.
Yours in Christ,
Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou) of the Stavropegial Monastery of St John the Baptist, Essex, delivers the commencement address, “Now is the Judgment of this World,” for St Tikhon’s OrthodoxTheological Seminary’s 78th Commencement Exercises tomorrow night: Friday, May 29. The broadcast runs 6:30-7:45pm.
St Tikhon’s congratulates our Co-valedictorians, Fr Silouan Burns and Mr Ian Attila. In all we celebrate the dedicated labors of our 15 MDiv Graduates, four of whom finish with honors for their theses.
Ian Attila, Honors in Patristics for his thesis, “The Work of Christ in Baptism According to St. Mark the Monk.” Mentor: Christopher Veniamin, D. Phil.,(Oxon.)
Deacon Ambrose Inlow, Honors in Patristics for his thesis, “The Rational and Noetic Soul According to St. John Damascene.” Mentor: Christopher Veniamin, D. Phil., (Oxon.)
Priest Vjekoslav Jovicic, Honors in Church History for his thesis, “Many are Called, But Few are Chosen: An Orthodox Refutation of the Universalism of David Bentley Hart”. Mentor: David C. Ford, Ph.D.
Priest Ephraim Tauck, Honors in Pastoral Arts and Praxis for his thesis, “Addiction: An Exploration of Treatment for Orthodox Clergy”. Mentor: V. Rev. John Kowalczyk, Cand. Theology
St Tikhon’s welcomes and invites you to join our Live Stream Broadcast on the following channels. We thank our broadcasting partners at St Tikhon’s Monastery and Ancient Faith Radio.
FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2020