With the new multipurpose building recently completed on Central Seminary’s Kansas campus, the plan for where to hold the 115th Commencement service was not a difficult choice to make. On Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Central will hold its Commencement exercises on the Central campus for the first time since the renovations of the property at 6601 Monticello Road, Shawnee, Kansas, began in November 2009. Central is grateful for partnering churches, such as Prairie Baptist, Metropolitan Missionary Baptist, Friendship Baptist, Community Christian, and First Baptist of Kansas City, Missouri, who have graciously hosted Commencement-related activities for the last several years. This year, however, the seminary wants to highlight its new and newly renovated space.
With around 50 prospective graduates, the space will be just about right with the extended area provided by the Koinonia hall just outside the multipurpose room, as well as the Baugh-Marshall Chapel as backup for overflow. The Smith Courtyard will provide a lovely setting for the reception after Commencement, as well as for other events held leading up to Commencement – the Central Alumni/ae Association program and reception and the graduating women’s blessing. Those events will also make use of other spaces on campus. These gatherings will be an excellent way to showcase the lovely completed and many newly named classrooms and other spaces on the campus.
This year’s Commencement speaker is Dr. Pam Durso, Executive Director of Baptist Women in Ministry and serves as adjunct faculty at McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta. She previously worked as associate executive director-treasurer of the Baptist History and Heritage Society and served on the faculty of Campbell University Divinity School as assistant professor of church history and Baptist heritage. Durso is an advocate and a resource for women serving in all areas of Christian ministry.
The 115th Commencement class will include graduates from the doctor of ministry, master of divinity, and master of arts degrees, as well as diploma and FOUNDATIONS Judson Communities ministry certificate programs. Graduates hail from sites in Wisconsin, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Illinois, Michigan, and Myanmar. A little over half of the graduating class have been a part of the Korean language program.
All are welcome to witness the graduation of this diverse, global group in the lovely space on Central’s home campus. Be watching Central’s social media outlets for more about the auxiliary alumni/ae and graduating women’s blessing events.