It is all set in the context of a Morning Office. The preacher or, if you prefer, our Commencement speaker is the quite brilliant Rev. Fleming Rutledge - a deeply theologically serious teacher and preacher. Our work is to send out our graduates into the world to preach the Gospel. We take this moment seriously at Virginia Theological Seminary. In the Washington Post, this morning, all our graduates are listed. Each graduate will be recognized. Their hard work will be honored appropriately; and on this day, we celebrate their journey out into the world.
This graduating class has performed extremely well. There is a high percentage of those graduating cum laude. The sheer number of thesis titles that will need to be read is impressive. There is real depth and ability in this class.
Commencement is a moment when all hands are needed on deck. So after the graduation reception, at 2pm, the Seminary will close (with the exception of the Butterfly House). The staff who have worked hard deserve a break. So the campus will empty; an academic year is coming to an end.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President