Congratulations to the MTSO class of 2013. Below is information for graduates’ guests, followed by information for the graduates themselves. This page will be frequently updated throughout the Spring Semester.
Information for guests
The service begins at 7:30 p.m. May 17 in the Alford Centrum. The baccalaureate speaker will be chosen from among the graduating seniors by invitation of the faculty. Tickets are not required but seating is somewhat limited. Graduates are asked to refrain from inviting exceptionally large parties.
Graduating senior Andrew Call has been chosen by the faculty to preach the baccalaureate sermon.
A live video broadcast of baccalaureate will be available on MTSO’s Livestream page.
Seniors, their guests, faculty and staff are invited to mingle in Meyer Lounge as they enjoy a light continental breakfast from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. May 18.
The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. May 18 in the Dickinson Courtyard, between Gault Hall and the Alford Centrum in the center of the MTSO campus. Here is a campus map.
This year we welcome very special guests. As part of a celebration of their 50 years in ministry, members of the class of 1963 – MTSO’s first graduates – will process with our 2013 graduates.
Rev. John Edgar, pastor of the Church for All People and executive director of Community Development for All People, will deliver the commencement address. Rev. Edgar also serves as an adjunct professor for MTSO, working with students through our Engaging in Ministry with the Poor program. Read more about him here.
Ample seating will be provided under tents. Tickets are not required. Free parking is available on campus.
A live video broadcast of commencement will be available on MTSO’s Livestream page.
We are located on U.S. Route 23. Our address is 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware, Ohio 43015. Here is a Google map.
Lodging and dining
Information for graduates
Closing Convocation – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, Alford Centrum
This convocation is a highlight of the academic year and serves as the venue for presenting awards to seniors.
Commencement rehearsal – 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, Dickinson Courtyard
To ensure a smooth and dignified ceremony, your attendance at rehearsal is vital. We expect to conclude rehearsal by 5:30, leaving ample time for those who wish to go out to dinner with friends and family before baccalaureate.
Baccalaureate – 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, Alford Centrum
There is no academic procession associated with this worship service. Seniors who aren’t direct participants may sit with their families and friends. To ensure that all graduates’ guests have seats within the Centrum, we ask that graduates refrain from inviting large parties to Baccalaureate.
Continental breakfast – 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, Meyer Lounge
While we realize some seniors might want to have breakfast off campus with their friends and families that morning, we’re pleased to offer this option for those who would like to grab a bite, socialize and see the campus prior to the ceremony.
Formation of commencement procession – 10:15 a.m. Saturday, May 18, Library Room L-8
You will meet here to robe, receive final instructions and form the processional line.
Commencement ceremony – 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, Dickinson Courtyard
No passes are required. We expect to have ample seating for all guests, sheltered by a tent. The ceremony usually lasts about 90 minutes.
Reception – Following commencement, Saturday, May 18, Alford Centrum
Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
Of the numerous awards that will be presented at Closing Convocation, the recipients of the two below are selected from among seniors who choose to apply. If you wish to be considered for either of these awards, please note the guidelines below.
The C. Everett and Mary Milburn Tilson Social Justice Grant
The C. Everett and Mary Milburn Tilson Social Justice Grant was founded in 2007 by 43 individual donors who chose this unique vehicle to honor the lives and legacies of C. Everett and Mary Milburn Tilson. C. Everett was the School’s founding professor of Old Testament Studies and occupied the J. Ralph Riley Chair of Old Testament. Mary, his wife of 62 years, was a devoted teacher for more than 27 years. This award will honor the Tilsons’ life-long devotion social justice, most notably in the civil rights movement.
The Tilson Grant will be awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated, both in practice and profession, a commitment to a prophetic vocation of compassionate justice. Seniors wishing to be considered for the grant will be asked to submit a 600-800 word summary of activities in which they were engaged while a student at MTSO that demonstrated a commitment to social justice. In addition, seniors will explain how the grant would support a specific project, activity, or vocational track that would enhance their already-demonstrated commitment to social justice. Please send submissions to Barbara Smigelski (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 1.
Matey Janata/Freedwomen Award
This award is presented to a graduating student for outstanding work in women’s studies. Established and initially funded entirely by the Freedwomen, a former campus group related to the Campus Council, the award is now offered to honor the memory of Matey Janata, alumna of MTSO.
All graduating students at MTSO are invited to submit a paper which deals with women’s studies written for any course during their seminary career. The paper should examine some issue pertinent to women’s experience and which gives some attention to how that issue impacts our understanding of women today. The paper may be revised to accommodate the instructor’s comments or to fit the criteria of the award. A review committee made up of selected members of the faculty recommends the person to receive the award based on its assessment of the papers submitted. In determining the award, attention will be given to excellence in writing skills, appropriate citation of sources, and critical reflection.
Please give one copy of the paper with your name on it and one copy from which your name has been removed to Barb Smigelski (Werner Hall—Room 113). Deadline for submission is April 30.
Formal graduation announcements
We’re pleased to provide each senior with five formal, embossed commencement announcements with envelopes, at no charge. These announcements are now in. To get yours, stop by Danny Russell’s office in Werner Hall 206. If Danny isn’t in, you may also get them from Linda Ogden in Werner Hall 205. After you receive your free announcements, you have the option of purchasing additional announcements for $2 each.
ATLAS for ALUM – free research resource for MTSO alumni
As a service to our alumni, MTSO offers free access to ATLAS for ALUM, a vast online periodical collection featuring 140 religion and theological journals dating back as far as 1924. We strongly encourage you to sign up for this excellent service. Complete details are here.
If you have any graduation questions, feel free to contact Danny Russell at 740-362-3322 or email@example.com. We wish you all the best in the coming weeks and look forward to celebrating with you in May.