May 9 – 31: Commencement Edition

Friday, May 9

4:00 PM: Remembrance Gathering for Professor Otto Maduro — Atrium Garden Outside Seminary Hall

The campus community is invited to a remembrance gathering in honor of Dr. Otto Maduro, Professor of World Christianity and Latin American Christianity. Please gather in the Atrium garden, outside of Seminary Hall at 4:00 pm for prayer and reflection.

5:00: The GDRSA End-of-Year Party — Atrium, Seminary Hall

It’s the end of the year again, which means that the GDRSA is eagerly planning its end-of-the-year party. Traditionally, this has been a time of much merriment (and even some dancing), and a chance for doctoral students and faculty to socialize and mingle together with music, food, and drinks. And so it shall be again this year. Come one, come all! No RSVP needed, and we hope that many of you will be able to celebrate with us.

Tuesday, May 13

2:00 PM: Theo Talk: Where Social Justice and Theology Meet — WMNJ The Forest

Join us this week on “Theo Talk: Where Social Justice and Theology Meet” on WMNJ The Forest. You may listen online at and call in at 973-408-4567. Please join us on “Theo Talk.”

5:00 PM: Korean Caucus Closing Worship Ceremony — Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

The Korean Caucus would like to cordially invite all members of the Theo community to its end of semester worship ceremony. The theme of the service is “God of Life, Lead Us to Justice and Peace,” which was the theme of WCC last year. The Rev. Namjoong Kim, who has been teaching a preaching class and a worship class at Drew, will preach. His sermon will focus on “the spirituality of resistance and care.” There will be a worship service for children that will take place at the same time in another room. Following the service, a delicious Korean style dinner will be served. We wish you the best as you wrap up the semester and hope that your summer gets off to a wonderful start!

Thursday, May 15

3:00 – 5:00 PM: Retirement Celebration for Dr. Wesley Ariarajah — Founders Room, Mead Hall

Dr. S. Wesley Ariarajah, Professor of Ecumenical Theology, will be retiring this June after 17 years of service to Drew University and the Theological School. His irenic vision, wisdom, and courageous humility have indelibly touched many in the global academy and the church. From his Methodist parish in Sri Lanka to the Director of the Interfaith Dialogue Program and the Deputy General Secretary of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, to his classes on world religions in the University in the Forest, Dr. Ariarajah has engaged and created communities seeking truth and reconciliation. To RSVP to this event, please go to the following link:

Please share your memories and wishes in the online guest book at

5:00 – 6:00 PM:  Senior Reception — 1867 Lounge, Ehinger Center

Kick off the Senior dinner by joining your classmates in the 1867 Lounge for a drinks and camaraderie.

6:00 – 9:00 PM: Senior Dinner — Crawford Hall, Ehinger Center

Graduating MDiv, MA, MAM, and STM students and guests are invited to the Senior Dinner. . There will be no charge for graduates or their (one) guest. If you would like to invite additional guests there will be a $20 charge per guest. This year we will be holding a hooding ceremony for Master’s students. The ritual consists of each individual student coming forward in turn to have their hood placed over their head as they will wear it at the graduation ceremony on Saturday. This is a high moment in the academy and marks the Theological School’s recognition of each students’ earning their degree.  (Note that at the graduation ceremony on Saturday, you will wear your Master’s hood and robe and receive your diploma. The hooding ceremony at the senior dinner does not take the place of graduation so plan on being at both!) Babysitting will be provided in the evening.

  • If you have not done so already, please RSVP (indicating your order of the meat or vegetarian dinner) to Mrs. Tuitt at  immediately and drop off a check in the Dean’s Office (made out to Drew University) for any additional guests @ $20 per person.
  • Instructions for the Senior Dinner Hooding Ceremony: The Deans’ office will pick up your hoods from the bookstore, and bring them to the dinner. If you have your hood already, you should bring it to the Deans’ office with your name taped to it before Thursday, May 15. You will need to take your cap and gown to the dinner with you to wear during the ceremony. A hanging rack will be provided for your gowns. For the ceremony, graduating students will put on caps and gowns and line up to be called to the front where Dean Samuel will place hoods on each student.

Friday, May 16

11:00 AM: GDR Hooding Ceremony  — Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

A GDR hooding ceremony has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014, in Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall. This will be followed by a graduation luncheon in the Atrium at Seminary Hall. When you have a moment, please RSVP, if you wish to attend to Wendy Parrinello  (973-408-3410; Note that the Hooding Ceremony is for August 2013, December 2013, and May 2014 graduates.

5:00 – 6:00 PM: Interfaith Baccalaureate Service — Baldwin Gymnasium, Simon Forum & Athletic Center

All graduation candidates from the three schools at Drew, family, and friends are invited to attend the Interfaith Baccalaureate Service. The theme is “Songs of Faith for New Beginnings,” and will feature music, readings and reflections led by graduating students from the three schools at Drew.  The Drew Chorale, Madrigal Choir, and Ubuntu Pan African Choir will be leading music, as well as several solo artists.

7:00 PM: DMin Hooding Ceremony — Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel, 75 Park Ave, Florham Park, NJ 07932

Doctor of Ministry Students’ Hooding Ceremony and Banquet at which Doctor of Ministry students receive their graduation hoods  will take place at the Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel, Florham Park, New Jersey.

Saturday, May 17 – Commencement

8:00 AM: Theological School Communion Service — Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

All graduates and their families are invited to attend a communion service followed by coffee and a reception. The Rev. Dr. Wesley Ariarahah, Professor of Ecumenical Theology, will preach.

10:30 AM: Commencement — Rear lawn of Mead Hall (if severe weather, in Simon Forum).

All candidates are asked to assemble at designated locations in their full academic dress at 9:45 am. (For detailed information about Commencement Day, students should refer to the e-mail sent by Registrar Leslie Sutton-Smith dated May 5.) Theo faculty should gather in regalia in the Simon Forum at 9:45 AM.

2:30 – 4:30 PM: Reception for Bishop In Hwan Kim — Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

Please join the Korean Caucus of the Drew Theological School and Calvary United Methodist Church as we gather to celebrate the Honorary Doctorate Degree from Drew University of Bishop In Hwan Kim. Bishop In Hwan Kim, the Senior Pastor of Sung Eun Methodist Church and an alumnus of the Drew Theological School, will receive an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Drew.  His vision, wisdom, and leadership have indelibly touched many in the global church and society.  From his United Methodist Church in East Brunswick, NJ and the Korean Methodist Church in Seoul, South Korea, to his compassionate and humanitarian work with people in Shenzhen, China and North Korean refugees, to his mentoring work in leadership development with many people both in church and society, and to his reconciling work in the Korean Methodist Church, Bishop Kim has engaged and created communities seeking compassion and reconciliation.

Our ceremony will begin with individual conversations with Bishop Kim, followed by tributes and testimonials and then concluding with a dinner. Please contact Angella Son, Associate Professor in Psychology and Religion, at or 201-919-1809 if you have any questions.


Deadline extended to complete the Supervised Ministry Assessment!

The Theo School faculty is currently assessing several programs in anticipation of a curriculum review of the Masters of Divinity degree. Among these programs is the Supervised Ministry requirement. All Theo students are invited and encouraged to complete this survey regarding supervised ministry. It is anonymous and the deadline has been extended.  The survey can be found at this link: Thank you for your assistance!

Interested in Supervised Ministry? Contact Michelle Campbell in the Dean’s Office!

If you are interested in Supervised Ministry for the 2014-2015 academic year, contact Michelle Campbell, Administrative Assistant to Dean Samuel and Assistant Dean Stone, at

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 31, 7:00 PM: One and All: The Campaign for Drew Dinner — Baldwin Gym

Join us to launch One And All: The Campaign for Drew, the biggest shared effort realize the university’s full potential. You’re not only invited to the party…as the bridge between Drew’s past and future, you’re the guest of honor. For more details and to purchase tickets, please refer to the following link:


Reminder: No flyers are allowed to be posted on the glass doors in Seminary Hall, either the main entrance or the entrances to the Atrium. Since not everything needs to be posted, any flyer for announcements or information must be approved by either Michelle Campbell or Alma Tuitt and posted on the bulletin boards in Seminary Hall. Please remember to remove flyers after the event has ended.

Craig Chapel Information

Did you miss a chapel service? Now you can see video recordings of Drew Worship on Facebook.


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