April 20, 2020


MTSO will hold virtual commencement online

Methodist Theological School in Ohio will hold its 2020 commencement online at 11 a.m. May 23. All are invited to tune in. A link will be shared closer to the date at www.mtso.edu/commencement and on MTSO’s social media channels.

The online ceremony will include most traditional elements of MTSO’s past commencement ceremonies, including a virtual academic procession, the conferring of degrees and individual recognition of each graduate.

The decision to hold an online ceremony was reached after President Jay Rundell presented the idea to members of the class of 2020 in a video meeting and found them receptive.

“With lingering uncertainty about large-event scheduling for the foreseeable future, this will give this class an opportunity to mark and celebrate an important milestone now,” Rundell said in an email to the MTSO campus community. “Many of them plan to join together with the class of 2021 to be honored during on-campus commencement exercises next year. Certainly this is not what we had all envisioned even a month ago, but I am confident that our entire community can come together to make this work and make it special for this class.”

MTSO will award master’s degrees in divinity, counseling ministries, theological studies and practical theology, as well as Doctor of Ministry degrees, at the May 23 ceremony.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just, sustainable and generative world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling, practical theology, social justice and theological studies, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.


Danny Russell, communications director
drussell@mtso.edu, 740-362-3322