Vanderbilt UniversityDivinity SchoolCOMMENCEMENTSunday, the second day of MayTwo-thousand and twenty-oneFour o’clock in the afternoon

An Act of Worship and CelebrationIn Honor of the Class of 2020Video and the Prelude, Toccatta in C by Johann Pachelbel (1653 – 1706), performed byStephanie A. Budwey, M.S.M., Th.D, organist, andThe Luce Dean’s Faculty Fellow Assistant Professor of the History and Practice of ChristianWorship and the ArtsThe GreetingEllen True Armour, Ph.D.Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter AssociateProfessor of Feminist TheologyThe InvocationPaul Chang–Ha Lim, Ph.D.Associate Professor of the History of ChristianityThe Address to the Class of 2020Susan R. Wente, Ph.D.Provost and Vice Chancellor(Interim Chancellor 2019-2020)Recognition of the Graduates of the Class of 2020Emilie M. Townes, Ph.D.Dean and Distinguished Professor of Womanist Ethics and Societyand Associate Dean ArmourPrayer for the Graduatescomposed and delivered by Brian Frelix, MDiv’20Recognition of Awards and CertificatesAssociate Dean ArmourThe Charge to the GraduatesDean TownesDismissalVanderbilt University Alma MaterThe Vanderbilt Divinity School HymnAll music reprinted under OneLicense #540954-L. All rights reserved.

Vanderbilt University Divinity SchoolThe Class of 2020August 2019Julia McCorvey, MTSSamuel Aubrey Ordung, MDivJustine Elizabeth Smith, MTSDecember 2019Dawson Scott Allen, MTSRebecca Lea Griffin, MDivHeather Helton, MDivRandall Phillip Hiroshige, MTS, JDSerim Huh, MTSMichael Johnston, MDivBenjamin Logan, MTSMichael Paul McNichol, MDivJohn William Melick, MDivBrenda Alejandra Perez De La Pena, MDivDenero Antoine Rahming, MDivTremaine Sails-Dunbar, MDivKeaton Carlyle Walkine, MTSChristine Camille Wilson, MTSMay 2020John Young Ahn, MDivTaylor Mayne Pearl Brooks, MTSDonald Eugene Carter III, MDivEui Hyun Chung, MDivJacqueline Wright Collins, MTSMichael Corder, Jr., MDivNicholas Donkoh, Jr., MTS, MEdKevin John Ekstrom, MDivAndrew Russell Flanigan, MDivBrian Clifford Frelix, MTSSahel Gingerich, MTSMelvin Guest, Jr., MDivCaleb Hampton, MDivPatricia Hannigan, MTSRachel Paul Hartman, MDivElizabeth Leigh Welliver Hengen, MTSSummer Nicole Hyche, MDivTiffany Brooke Jones, MDivAnna Nicole Kelly, MTSMatthew Louis Kelly, MTSAbigail Labrecque, MDivElizabeth Ashely Land, MTSLina Irene Landstroem, MTSMichael Dennis Le Buhn, Jr., MDivKathryn Janel Heierman Minnis, MDivJessica Marie Pagan, MTSDiane Crosby Palmer, MDivNathaniel Partee, MDivIndie Janean Pereira, MDivRussell Andrew Pointer, Jr., MTSStephanie Lee Powers, MDivAdulin Prophete, MTSHunter Shea Rhodes, MDivKalie Rhodes, MDivBrent Roe-Hall, MDivWilliam Roelofs, MDivKarla Felecia Scaife, MTSAbigail Anne Siegel Hyman, MTS, MEdSamantha Sue Smith, MDivShinji Takagi, MTSCaroline Kimrey Talbert, MDivRachel Ternes, MDivBlake Ellis Tims, MTSMarvin Wilcox, Jr., MTSMollie Donihe Wilkerson, MDivRyan Dean Wilkerson, MDivTravis Dasean Williams, MTSSidney Lee Young, MTSEmma Grace Zyriek, MTS

The Founder’s Medal for first honors in the Divinity School’s Class of 2020 is presentedto Michael Fears Johnston.The Academic Achievement Award is shared by Randall Phillip Hiroshige, AbigailAnne Siegel Hyman, Shinji Takagi, and Elizabeth Leigh Welliver.The Umphrey Lee Dean’s Award for exemplifying the mission and vision of theDivinity School is presented to Julia McCorvey.The Florence Conwell Prize for accomplishments in preaching is awarded to Rebecca LeaGriffin.The Saint James Academy Award for composing the outstanding sermon is presented toMollie Catherine Donihe.The Frederick Buechner Prize for excellence in preaching is presented to Donald EugeneCarter III.The W. Kendrick Grobel Award for accomplishments in Biblical studies is presented toEui Hyun Chung.The J.D. Owen Prize for accomplishments in New Testament is shared by Indie JaneanPereira and Eui Hyun Chung.The Luke-Acts Prize for composing the most significant paper on an aspect ofLuke-Acts is shared by Mollie Catherine Donihe and Summer Nicole Hyche.The John Olin Knott Award for scholarly writing is shared by Sahel Gingerich, JohnWilliam Melick, and Denero Antoine Rahming.The Elliott F. Shepard Prize for accomplishments in church history is presented to JessicaMarie Pagan.The Wilbur F. Tillett Prize for accomplishments in the discipline of theology is awardedto Emma Grace Zyriek.The Nella May Overby Memorial Award for honors in field education is presented toMichael Dennis Le Buhn, Jr.The William A. Newcomb Prize for exemplifying the idea of minister as theologian andfor receiving honors on one’s master of divinity degree project is awarded to Kevin JohnEkstrom.

The Frederick Buechner Prize for the master of theological studies thesis is presented toAnna Kelly.The Liston O. Mills Award for academic distinction in pastoral theology and the study ofreligion, psychology, and culture is presented to Diane Crosby Palmer.The Disciples Divinity House Scholar Award for academic distinction by studentsrepresenting the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ is presented to Michael Dennis LeBuhn, Jr.The Robert Lewis Butler Award for service and ministry in the African-American churchis shared by Russell Pointer, Jr., and Travis Desean Williams.The Bishop Holland Nimmons McTyeire Award for exemplifying the Wesleyan ideals ofChristian servant leadership is shared by Rachel Paul Hartman and Kathryn JanelHeierman Minnis.The Bettye R. Ford Graduate Student Service Award for significant contributions toVanderbilt University’s Graduate Department of Religion is presented to DebbieBrubaker, doctoral student in theology.The Student Government Association Service Awards presented to the students and tomembers of the administration, faculty, and staff for significant contributions to theDivinity School community; for this academic year, the Student Government Associationrecognizes Angela Dillon, systems coordinator for the office of admissions, vocation,and stewardship; and Hunter Shea Rhodes.Certificates earned in Jewish StudiesEui Hyun Chung and Justine Elizabeth SmithCertificates earned in Religion and the Arts in Contemporary CultureSahel Gingerich, Rebecca Lea Griffin, Kalie Rhodes, and Sidney Lee YoungCertificates earned in Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and SexualityJessica Marie Pagan and Stephanie Lee PowersCertificates earned in the Kelly Miller Smith Institute in Black Church Studies MelvinGuest, Jr., Matthew Louis Kelly, Denero Antoine Rahming, Tremaine Sails-Dunbar,Hunter Shea Rhodes, Keaton Carlyle Walkine, Travis Dasean Williams, and MarvinWilcox, Jr.Certificates earned in the Center for Latin American StudiesMichael Fears Johnston

Technician: cue the Alma Mater, followed by the VanderbiltDivinity School Hymn and slide show of images of the DivinitySchool and the class of 2020.All music reprinted under OneLicense #540954-L. All rights reserved.

Vanderbilt University Divinity School COMMENCEMENT Sunday, the second day of May Two-thousand and twenty-one Four o’clock in the afternoon. An Act of Worship and Celebration In Honor of the Class of 2020 Video and the Prelude, Tocc