GTU's Class of 2020
The Graduate Theological Union honors thirty-one graduates at its virtual 2020 Commencement Exercises
Greetings and Announcements
Dr. Uriah Kim, Interim President and Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, offers welcome remarks.
President Kim is also pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 GTU Excellence in Teaching Award — Dr. Rebecca Esterson.
Remarks by Faculty Member
Dr. Michael Dodds, OP, professor of Philosophy and Theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, offers remarks entitled “The Truth about GTU.”
Conferral of Degrees
The Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts graduates represented below have successfully completed rigorous programs of study.
Our Doctor of Philosophy graduates have completed disciplined original research and examination for the highest degree the academy can offer. With the Ph.D., they join the esteemed ranks of centuries of scholars and thinkers who have committed their lives to the learned profession; along with its rights and privileges, the Ph.D. carries with it responsibilities: a commitment to learning; to the pursuit, profession, and transmission of truth, and to the advancement of human civilization.
On the recommendation of the Core Doctoral Faculty, Dean and President who have certified that the candidates have completed all of the requirements for graduation and by the authority vested in the Board of Trustees of the Graduate Theological Union and the State of California, the following candidates have been conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts, with all of the rights and privileges appertaining thereto.
We invite visitors to click on the photographs of our graduates below to review the graduate’s abstract, committee information, reflections moving forward and a faculty tribute.
Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy
Remarks by Graduate
Dr. Yohana Junker, Faculty Associate in Theology, Spirituality, and the Arts at the Pacific School of Religion, (PhD, Art and Religion) offers remarks entitled “Entre a Sombra e o Sonho: Reflections on What We Must Re-Member.”
Albert D. Honegan, (MA, Biblical Languages), offers the following benediction to bless the GTU 2020 Commencement exercises with a series of images from the GTU member schools accompanied by a reading of scriptures from the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and the Qur’an. Albert shares the following: “In honoring the GTU’s commitment to inter-religious harmony, these scriptures celebrate divinity in three distinct traditions to bless today’s ceremony in an interfaith way. The first three scenes include four verses from Psalm 118 in the original biblical Hebrew that encourages us to give thanks to God and rejoice. The next five scenes of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in various languages may comfort us during this time of major global crisis and transformation. The final three scenes feature Al-Fatiha that opens in the Qur’an (in Arabic) in the name of Allah. I hope that these sacred scriptures and images of our campuses will bless us as we come together as a community, over this distance, together in spirit.”