Truett Seminary To Hold Opening Convocation Aug. 24

Aug. 23, 2000

by Lori Scott Fogleman

With an expected record-breaking fall enrollment of more than 250 students, including 101 new students, Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary will hold its seventh opening convocation at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Waco, 500 Webster.

Dr. J. Randall O'Brien, professor of religion, executive assistant to the President and acting dean of Truett Seminary, will welcome students, faculty, staff and supporters and deliver the convocation's annual address. Dr. Milton Cunningham, special assistant to the vice president for student life, will serve as bearer of the mace, while faculty members Dr. Ruth Ann Foster, assistant professor of Christian scriptures, and Dr. Hulitt Gloer, professor of preaching and Christian scriptures, will lead the opening prayer and responsive reading, respectively. Dr. Randall Bradley, professor of church music and director of the church music program in the School of Music, will lead the music. Jennifer Bashaw, a master of divinity student at Truett, will offer the prayers of the community and The Lord's Prayer.

Since opening in fall 1994, Truett Seminary has graduated 123 students, with 11 more scheduled to graduate in December as part of Truett's Class of 2000. Classes are held at Waco's First Baptist Church, but construction is under way on the new $17 million, 64,000-square-foot seminary building at the corner of M.L. Cooper Drive and Dutton Avenue across from Russell Hall on the Baylor campus. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2002.

The seminary now offers several degree programs including the doctor of divinity, master of divinity, a joint master of divinity/master of music degree in conjuction with Baylor's School of Music, and a joint master of divinity/master of social work degree in conjunction with the School of Social Work.

For more information, contact Truett Seminary at (254) 710-3755 or on the web at www.baylor.edu/~seminary .

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