Class of 2011 Goes Forth to Serve: Listen to Commencement Address! View Photo Gallery!

21 May 2011 • Campus Event • Deborah (MalaThe Class of 2011 with faculty and the Board of TrusteesThe Class of 2011 with faculty and the Board of Trusteescky) Belonick

Twenty-sValedictorian Michael John Soroka (summa cum laude)Valedictorian Michael John Soroka (summa cum laude)ix students from St. Vladimir’s Seminary have earned their degrees and are “going forth” (Matt 28:19) to serve the Church. At the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21, 2011, diplomas were awarded in three programs: 1 Master of Theology, 20 Masters of Divinity, and 5 MasteSalutatorian Dn. David WootenSalutatorian Dn. David Wootenrs of Arts degrees were conferred.

Commencement crowned the week's celebrations, during which one student was ordained to the priesthood, four were ordained to the diaconate, three were elevated as sub-deacons, and two were tonsured as readers (see that story here); the Dean, Archpriest John Behr, received the honor of wearing the jeweled cross; the Chapel Ecclesiarch, Priest Alexander Rentel, was elevated to the rank of Archpriest; and the Director of Recruitment and Alumni Relations, Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak, was awarded a kamilavka. (from left) Fr. Alexander Rentel, Fr. John Behr, and Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak all received awards from Metropolitan Jonah.(from left) Fr. Alexander Rentel, Fr. John Behr, and Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak all received awards from Metropolitan Jonah.

Metropolitan Jonah, primate of the Orthodox Church in America and president of the seminary’s Board of Trustees, opened the Commencement Exercises. Class Valedictorian this year was Michael John Soroka, and the newly ordained Deacon David Wooten was Salutatorian; both demonstrated not only scholarly acumen but also exceptional service to the community. The “Saint Basil Award for Academic Achievement” was presented to both Andrew Smith and Monk Kilian (Sprecher).Professor Drillock addresses the graduating class.Professor Drillock addresses the graduating class.

Another highlight of the Commencement pProfessor David Drillock, Doctor of Sacred Music, honoris causaProfessor David Drillock, Doctor of Sacred Music, honoris causarogram was the conferral of the honorary degree of Doctor of Sacred Music upon David Drillock, who served as Commencement Speaker this year. Dr. Drillock is Professor of Music, emeritus, from St. Vladimir’s, and is well known in Orthodox Christian circles for his extensive influence on liturgical music in North America. Editions of his books continue to provide foundational and sound liturgical music adaptations in the English language for parish choirs. The citation honoring Professor Drilock was read by Dr. John Barnet, associate dean for Academic Affairs.

The entire campus community wishes the Class of 2011 many years!

[Photos in this article are by Robert Lisak]

View the entire Commencement Program booklet. Listen to the Commencement Program and Professor David Drillock's address. Read Professor Drillock's address: "Heaven on Earth: Singing with the Angels." See a photo gallery of the day, by Robert Lisak.