Thirty SVS graduates hold promise for the Church

Graduates, pictured here with faculty and visiting hierarchs, celebrated Commencement 2010 on the seminary campus Saturday, May 22nd. His Beatitude Metropolian Jonah (center front), President of the SVS Board of Trustees, celebrated the hierchical Divine Liturgy in the morning and opened the Commencement exercises in the afternoon. [Photo: Robert Lisak]

With jubilant ceremony, thirty St. Vladimir’s seminarians received their diplomas at Commencement on Saturday, May 22, amid a throng of family, friends, and fellow classmates. Eager, hopeful, and grateful, the Class of 2010—among them 12 priests—celebrated the end of their formal studies and the beginning of a variety of ministries in service to the Orthodox Church in North America and abroad. Fr. Andrew Cuneo, class valedictorian, left his fellow students with a word of wisdom: "As a departing class, we pray for nothing less for you than contact with the living God, the living saints, the fire which descends and warms the heart in chapel and classroom alike."

Highlights of the joyful day included:

  • The bestowal of two honorary doctorate degrees, upon His Grace, The Right Rev. Basil (Essey), bishop of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America), and upon Mr. Albert Foundos, a member of the seminary’s Board of Trustees
  • The bestowal upon the graduating class of 17 Master of Divinity degrees, 7 Master of Arts degrees, and 6 Master of Theology degrees
  • The Commencement address by Mr. Albert Foundos, “Where My Treasure Is”
  • The Valedictory address by graduate Fr. Andrew Cuneo, and the Salutatory address by seminarian Michael Soroka
  • The bestowal of the St. Basil Award for Academic Achievement upon graduates Fr. Andrew Cuneo, Christopher Evan McGarvey, and Fr. Theophan Whitfield
  • The ordination of graduate Fr. Simeon B. Johnson to the Holy Priesthood, and the ordination of seminarian Dn. Dunstan Lyon to the Holy Diaconate
  • meditation on seminary life conducted by graduate Fr. Theophan Whitfield, for the benefit of the Board of Trustees

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