Seminary of the Southwest awards three honorary degrees

Posted May 26, 2016

Honorary degree recipients, from right, Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, the Rev. Canon John A. Logan Jr. and Bertha Sadler Means participate in the Seminary of the Southwest’s commencement May 24. Also shown are Olympia Bishop Greg Rickel, left, and New Hampshire Bishop Rob Hirschfeld, second from left. Photo: Seminary of the Southwest

[Seminary of the Southwest press release] The Seminary of the Southwest graduated 24 students and awarded three honorary degrees May 24  during the Austin, Texas, seminary’s 65th commencement.

Honorary degree recipients were Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry; Secretary of the Diocese of Texas Canon John A. Logan, Jr.; and educator, worker for justice and founding member of Austin’s St. James’ Episcopal Church, Bertha Sadler Means.

Commencement took place at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Austin. Chicago Bishop Jeffrey Lee preached at the commencement’s holy Eucharist.

The seminary awarded master’s degrees in divinity, religion, counseling, chaplaincy and pastoral care and spiritual formation, and diplomas in Anglican studies and theological studies.

On May 23, the seminary celebrated Evensong in Christ Chapel on the seminary campus. Dean and President Cynthia Briggs Kittredge preached the homily and presented each graduate with a seminary cross designed many years ago by prominent Texas jeweler, James Avery. A reception honoring the graduates followed the service.