It’s graduation time again! Columbia Theological Seminary will host a virtual Commencement celebration on May 22, 2021 at 10:00 am (ET)
for our 2021 graduates and their families and friends.


• You may attend the Commencement ceremony via this Zoom link.

• Graduates, faculty, and staff get more information here.

• Access a copy of the Commencement program for print here and optimized for phones/large print here.

  • Transcript of Dr. Kwok Piu Lan’s sermon can be downloaded here.

Our Commencement Speaker

We are excited to welcome Dr. Kwok Pui Lan as our Commencement speaker. Her sermon for commencement is titled “Do You Want to Be Healed?” She will address the vocation of graduates at a time when the country is facing the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and economic inequity. She will talk about the healing ministry of Jesus in the context of his time when Jewish people were under the yoke of Roman imperial rule and draw out the implications for us today.


Dr. Kwok Pui Lan rejoined the Candler School of Theology faculty as Dean’s Professor of Systematic Theology in 2020. She previously served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Theology for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years and was named Faculty Person of the Year by the student body both years. Dr. Kwok is the former William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School. She has also taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Auburn Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and Yale Divinity School.

Dr. Kwok’s research focuses on Asian feminist theology and postcolonial theology. An internationally known scholar, Kwok was president of the American Academy of Religion in 2011, cofounded the network Pacific, Asian, North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry, and has held leadership roles in the Association of Theological Schools and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning.