On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, new students, hailing from a wide range of hometowns across the country such as Anchorage, Alaska, San Antonio, Texas, and Winter Park, Florida, affirmed their commitment to the “service of God through the life and ministry of this school” at a noontime Matriculation Service held in St. John’s Memorial Chapel at the Episcopal Divinity School.
After processing into the chapel with the faculty of the school to the hymn of “People of God,” academic dean Dr. Angela Bauer-Levesque gathered the school together with a bidding prayer reminding those gathered of the rich tradition of such services.
The lively and engaging matriculation address was given by Dr. Lawrence Wills, Ethelbert Talbot Professor of Biblical Studies at EDS, who welcomed the new students into a new liminal space as students, a space between their former lives and their future service.
Following the address the students rose and affirmed their desire to be students at EDS and their commitment to the service of God, which was followed by a ritual of signing the Matriculation Book which holds the signatures of entering students dating back to the beginning of the school.
After the service The Very Rev. Miriam Gelfer, dean of student and community life, said the following: “We are blessed to have another great class beginning at EDS. They each bring their own special gifts and passion to their academic work and will enhance our common life and worship. We’re so glad they’re here.”
The list of matriculating students includes J. Amanda March from Winter Park, Florida; Shelley Rae Stanton from Byron, Minnesota; Terrilyn Watts from Anchorage, Alaska; Peter Trabaris of Waukegan, Illinois; Andrea Noel from Bowie, Maryland; Rosemary Ananis of Wells, Maine; Thomas Eoyang from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Nancy Hauser from Exton, Pennsylvania; Ada Wong Nagata from Monterey Park, California; Moses Oyekunle Sowale of Brockton, Massachusetts; Diane Thomas from San Antonio, Texas; and Dara Linthwaite, from Long Island, New York.
These new EDS students join with returning students in an intensive term of classes that runs the first two weeks of June.