MTSO Graduation 106

Commencement Information

Congratulations to the MTSO class of 2014. 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


Baccalaureate Service

The service begins at 7:30 p.m. May 23 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.

A live video broadcast of baccalaureate will be available on MTSO’s Livestream page.

Continental Breakfast

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 24.

Commencement Ceremony

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. May 24 in the Dickinson Courtyard, between Gault Hall and the Alford Centrum in the center of the MTSO campus. Here is a campus map.

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.

Getting here

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

Many hotels are within a 10-mile radius of the MTSO campus. Here are TripAdvisor reviews of nearby hotels. Restaurant options also are plentiful. Here are Yelp reviews of nearby restaurants.


Information for graduates


Event schedule

Closing Convocation – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 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 23, 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 23, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, Alford Centrum
Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Senior awards

Of the numerous awards that will be presented at Closing Convocation, the recipients of those listed below are selected from among seniors who choose to apply. If you wish to be considered for these awards, please note the guidelines below.

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 21.

Charles A. Dice Fellowship

The purpose of this award is to encourage and assist exceptional graduates in continuing their theological education at another institution of recognized excellence. Except in unusual circumstances, only Master of Divinity graduates are eligible for the fellowship. Awards are focused to assist a graduate who is planning to teach religion or theology in an institution of higher education. Academic excellence, personal character, professional competence and promise of effectiveness in the teaching profession will be the chief criteria in making the selection. The value of any annual award is based on the performance of a fund established by Charles A. Dice. Application forms are available from Barbara Smigelski and are due April 21.

Formal graduation announcements

We’re pleased to provide each senior with five formal, embossed commencement announcements with envelopes, at no charge. The announcements are available to be picked up from either Danny Russell (Werner 206) or Linda Ogden (Werner 205). Along with your free announcements, you have the option of purchasing additional announcements for $2 each. Extras don’t need to be ordered in advance.


If you have any graduation questions, feel free to contact Danny Russell at 740-362-3322 or We wish you all the best in the coming weeks and look forward to celebrating with you in May.