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The Commencement of the Class of 2023 of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) will occur on Saturday, May 20, 2023. The ceremony will begin with a prayer of thanksgiving in Three Hierarchs Chapel at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, after which all guests of the graduating class will be asked to take their seats in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium in the John G. Rangos building. At 1:30 p.m. Eastern, the visiting hierarchs, guests of honor, faculty, and graduating students will proceed to the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium for the ceremony.


The Hon. Alex M. Azar II will give his remarks as the 2023 Commencement Speaker. Azar has had an illustrious career, most recently serving as the 24th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as the president of Lilly USA, LLC. A devoted Orthodox Christian, he was awarded the St Innocent Medal, gold class, by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon in Spring 2022.

The Commencement Ceremony of the Class of 2023 will be live-streamed for all who cannot attend in person. Please register below to indicate your plans for attendance and to receive the Zoom link to participate via live stream.

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