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“My prayer for my classmates is a simple one that comes from Proverbs 3:3-4. I pray that each one of us would be nothing more than faithful. Faithful to love our families, faithful to love those we minister to, and faithful to daily abide with our Savior who has done everything for us. If we are simply faithful, I have no doubt that the Lord will use each one of us to accomplish things for Him that are far beyond anything we could think or imagine today. If we are faithful we will impact lives for eternity, and I can't think of anything better than that. Lord help us be faithful!”
—Samuel Krug, graduating class president
The Seminary's 2015 commencement festivities got underway with a special chapel service held at Scofield Memorial Church Friday morning. In the evening graduates and their guests gathered on campus for a Texas-style party. Faculty served up plates of barbecue, baked beans, and peach cobbler while a rag-time band led by retiring Chaplain Bill Bryan filled the air with music.
Commencement Ceremony, May 9
On Saturday, Dallas Theological Seminary celebrated God's faithful work in the lives of more than 350 new graduates at commencement exercises held at Prestonwood Baptist Church. The ceremony also marked the end of the Seminary's year-long 90th anniversary celebrations, commemorating the school's establishment and first classes in 1924.
Using passages from Colossians 1:28-29 as the guiding Scripture for the ceremony, faculty speakers reminded the Class of 2015 to approach their new roles with an understanding of their responsibility as ministers of the gospel.
Michael Easley, teaching pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Nashville and a graduate of DTS's ThM and DMin programs, delivered the commencement address, entitled “Everything is Different.” Dr. Easley exhorted the graduates to faithfully follow God's unique plan for their lives and ministry, not to simply follow the prevailing trends in Christian culture.
In total, twenty-six countries and all of DTS's degree programs were represented in this graduating class:
- Master of Arts – 163 graduates
- Certificate of Biblical and Theological Studies/Chinese Certificate of Graduate Studies – 41
- Master of Theology (ThM) – 99
- Doctor of Ministry (DMin) – 22, including 8 from the Spanish-language program in Guatemala City
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – 6
- Master of Sacred Theology – 6
At a special ceremony on May 2, the DTS-Houston campus celebrated the accomplishments of its graduates and the retirement of Dr. Kenneth Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Houston extension. View photos and a video honoring Dr. Hanna from the DTS-Houston commencement chapel.
For the names of all of the graduates, as well as a list of special honors and awards, see the commencement program.