172nd Commencement
Meadville Lombard will celebrate its 172nd Commencement the weekend of May 20-21, 2017.
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You're Invited!
We welcome all area ministers, alumni/ae, institutional representatives from other theological schools, and friends of the school to Meadville Lombard's 172nd Commencement Ceremony.  If you'd like to join the academic procession, please bring your robe and arrive at the First Unitarian Church of Chicago by 2:30 p.m on May 21st.
A Message from Darrick Jackson, Assistant Commencement Marshal
The Reverend Darrick Jackson, Dean of Students, will serve as the Assistant Commencement Marshal. He reflects on the meaning of Commencement in the letter below.

The Meadville Lombard Theological School will celebrate its 172nd commencement on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the First Unitarian Church of Chicago. Since its founding in 1844, the school has graduated preachers, academics, denominational leaders and hymnists, all while maintaining its commitment to a multi-racial, multicultural and theologically diverse learning environment.

Standing on the forefront of theological education, Meadville Lombard’s educational model incorporates a three year integrated internship and digital technology within a low residency program so that students no longer have to reside near the school but can come in regularly for intensive courses as well as accomplish locally their ministerial training. This year most of our students will receive a M.Div. degree, but we will offer M.A., and Doctor of Ministry degrees as well. In addition we will award three honorary doctorates.

Let me add that this ceremony brings to a culmination the many years of hard work that all of these graduates have put into obtaining their degrees. Classes, papers, discussion groups, practicums, seminars, and parish/institutional placements all combine finally into this one celebratory moment that the receiving of this diploma signifies. Gowns, hoods and processions point to this singular triumph that says this person is ready to go out and embody liberal religious ministry in the world.