School of Theology at Sewanee confers three honorary degrees

Posted May 17, 2012

[Sewanee: School of Theology] On May 11, All Saint’s Chapel was the setting for the University of the South’s 155th Convocation for the Conferring of Degrees for The School of Theology. Friends, family, and faculty joined graduating students for the Eucharist service and celebratory luncheon.

Following a sermon by the School’s dean, the Very Rev. William S. Stafford, twenty-eight graduates received degrees and certificates conferred by the University’s vice-chancellor, Dr. John McCardell. Bishop Neil Alexander, chancellor of the University, conferred honorary degrees on three distinguished recipients — Dr. Diarmaid MacCulloch, the Rev. Dr. Carl P. Daw Jr., and the Rt. Rev. Terry A. White.

Dr. Diarmaid MacCulloch has been professor of the history of the Church, University of Oxford, England, since 1997, and fellow of St. Cross College, Oxford, since 1995. Before joining the theology faculty at Oxford, he was tutor at Wesley College, Bristol, England. MacCulloch is widely recognized for his publication, A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, 2009, used in many classrooms as the textbook for Church history.

The Rev. Dr. Carl P. Daw Jr. is the past executive director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and adjunct professor of hymnology, Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Mass. Daw also serve as the curator of hymnological collections. He has served successively as secretary and chair of the standing commission on Church music of the Episcopal Church and was a member of the committee that created the 1982 Episcopal Hymnal, to which he contributed several translations, metrical paraphrases, and original hymns. Daw received his M.Div. from The School of Theology in 1981.

The Rt. Rev. Terry Allen White was consecrated as the Diocese of Kentucky’s eighth bishop on Sept. 25, 2010. White came to the Commonwealth of Kentucky from Kansas, City, Mo., where he had served since 2004 as the dean of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in the Diocese of West Missouri. Before being called to Kansas City, he served in parishes in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Complete biographies of the honorary degree recipients made be seen on the School’s website, along with a complete list of all graduates.