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George W. Truett Theological Seminary Announces Spring Graduates
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WACO, Texas (May 22, 2013) – Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary held its commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, at First Baptist Church in Waco. Dr. Matt Snowden, pastor at First Baptist Church, spoke to the 47 graduates participating in the ceremony.
The Marshall was Michael W. Stroope, associate professor of Christian Missions. David E. Garland, Dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary, professor of Christian Scriptures and the William M. Hinson Chair of Christian Scriptures, brought the welcome and introductions. Baylor's president, Ken Starr, conferred the degrees, assisted by Elizabeth Davis, Executive Vice President and Provost, Dean Garland and W. Dennis Tucker, Jr., associate dean for Academic Affairs.
President Starr and Dean Garland also presented several special awards. The Dr. Abda J. "Chip" Conyers Outstanding Student Award, went to Daniel Kent McAfee. The Dr. Ruth Ann Foster Outstanding Student Award, honored Mary Alice Birdwhistell. Recipients of the Outstanding Student Awards will receive a collection of books through the generosity of Smyth and Helwys Publishing, Inc. The George W. Truett Theological Seminary Outstanding Professor Award was presented to Brian C. Brewer, assistant professor of Christian Theology. The 2012-2013 Baylor University Outstanding Professor Award in Teaching went to W. Hulitt Gloer, professor of Preaching and Christian Scriptures, holder of the David E. Garland Chair of Preaching, and director of the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching.
A graduate of Baylor in 1897, George W. Truett went on to pastor the largest Baptist congregation of his era and hold several prestigious positions in Baptist organizing bodies. During his nearly 50-year ministry at First Baptist Church of Dallas, Truett also served as president of both the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist World Alliance. Before Truett enrolled at Baylor, he raised $92,000 during a 23-month period ending in 1893 to clear the university's debt. He later served 46 years as a Baylor trustee.
On May 21, 1993, the Board of Regents of Baylor University approved the opening of the Truett Theological Seminary with the beginning of the 1994-95 academic year and the first class graduated in 1997, 100 years after Truett graduated from Baylor. In 2002, the seminary moved into a new building on Baylor's campus featuring a 550-seat chapel, great hall, teaching chapel, classrooms, meeting rooms and faculty and administrative offices.
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ABOUT GEORGE W. TRUETT THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary provides theological education leading to the Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, the Master of Theological Studies, or the Doctor of Ministry degrees that are centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ and consistent with historic Baptist commitments to prepare persons to carry this gospel to the churches and the world. Within the M.Div. degree program, students can choose concentrations in Biblical Studies and Theology, Christian Education, Ministry Leadership, Missions and World Christianity, Worship Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Sports Ministry, and Youth/Family/Student Ministry. Truett Seminary also offers three Dual Degree programs – a M.Div./MSW and MTS/MSW through a partnership with Baylor's School of Social Work, a M.Div./Master of Music through a partnership with the Baylor's School of Music, and a M.Div./MBA through a partnership with Baylor's Hankamer School of Business. Visit www.baylor.edu/truett to learn more.