BTSR to hold final commencement

Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, which the Alliance of Baptists help found, will confer degrees and certificates on 21 students at its final commencement on May 25.

It will be the seminary’s 27th commencement and the final one in its life as a traditional seminary. The institution announced in December it was closing due to financial pressures. Students enrolled in 2018 but not able to finish their studies at BTSR also will be recognized during the service.

Graduation will take place at 10:30 a.m. at Richmond’s First Baptist Church. The speaker will be BTSR alumna Elizabeth Mangham Lott, pastor of Alliance congregational partner St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, La.

A 9:00 a.m. “Benediction Gathering” prior to commencement will offer BTSR friends and supporters the opportunity to gather and give thanks for the seminary’s 30 years of service. A program of gratitude will recognize trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni/ae
and donors who have served BTSR since its founding in 1989. A light breakfast will be provided, and both the gathering and commencement are open to the public.

The seminary ended regular daily operations on Jan. 31, but has retained minimal staff to provide essential student services, conduct graduation ceremonies and wrap up business operations. The seminary also worked with partner schools, accepted transfer credits and provided independent study opportunities to make it possible for nearly a third of last fall’s 64 students to complete their studies. 

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