Seminary Celebrates Commencement, Honors Greenidge and Class of 1957

Saturday's processional exits Nyvall Hall en route to Anderson Chapel

CHICAGO, IL (May 19, 2007) – As friends and family looked on with joy, North Park Theological Seminary honored 56 graduates at its annual Commencement Convocation and Consecration Service on Saturday in Anderson Chapel. The largest class to march to date, the graduates were joined by members of the Class of 1957, celebrating their fiftieth reunion, and Rev. Henry G. Greenidge, a minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church who received an honorary doctor of divinity degree and delivered the commencement address, Second-Guessing God.

A number of graduates were honored with awards above and beyond their diplomas. Field Awards were given to Andrew Goebel (history), Christina Tinglof (theology), Malcolm Griffith (ministry), and Stephen Sharkey (bible). Whitney Hall and Erik Strom received Preaching Awards, Kristin Devine received the Christian Education Award, Ryan Johnson received the Greek Language Award, and Ryan Ferguson received the Hebrew Language Award. The Ahnfeldt Medallion, given to the student earning the highest grade point average, was awarded to Kristin Devine.

Saturday's ceremony was preceeded by the Seminary's annual Senior Dinner, held Friday night in Hamming Hall. This year's dinner featured reflections from three members of the Class of 1957 – David Larsen, Ingulf Diesen, and Robert Larson - and two members of the Class of 2007 – Sumit Sen and Christina Tinglof.