Graduates standing in Prestonwood Choir Loft prior to commencement

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Commencement festivities kicked off 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 Chaplain Bill Bryan filled the air with music.

Commencement Chapel on May 9th

On Saturday, Dallas Theological Seminary celebrated God's faithful work in the lives of more than 380 new graduates at commencement exercises held at Prestonwood Baptist Church. The ceremony also marked the beginning of the Seminary's year-long 90th anniversary celebrations, commemorating the school's establishment and first classes in 1924.

Using passages from 2 Chronicles 14-16 as the guiding Scripture for the ceremony, the Class of 2014 was reminded to approach their new roles with a reliance on the Lord and not on their own skills or strength.  

“For my fellow graduates, my prayer echoes the charge my pastor gave me a mere week ago: As we now branch out into the world to do the work of ministry, I pray that, with renewed vigor, we commit to fleeing that which is immoral, pursuing that which is righteous, and fighting the good fight with endurance (1 Tim. 6). I pray that we all continue to keep a finger on the Text and our eyes on our Lord Jesus Christ.”

—Josiah Boyd, graduating class president

Commencement Ceremony on May 10th

J. Paul Nyquist, President of the Moody Bible Institute and a graduate of DTS's ThM and PhD programs, delivered the commencement address on “How to Gain God’s Strong Support for Your Ministry.” Dr. Nyquist has been the president of Moody Bible Institute since 2009 and has led the organization with the strong vision of going “across the globe, cultures, and generations, to equip people with the truth of God’s Word, using new technology, in an agile and innovative community.”

All of DTS's degree programs were represented in this graduating class:

  • Master of Arts – 188 graduates
  • Certificate of Biblical and Theological Studies/Chinese Certificate of Graduate Studies – 37
  • Master of Theology (ThM) – 130
  • Doctor of Ministry (DMin) – 17, including 4 from the Spanish-language program in Guatemala City
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – 8
  • Master of Sacred Theology – 2

The DTS-Houston campus celebrated its graduates at a special ceremony at Bethel Church on May 3rd. View photos 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.