Graduation, Awards for Class of 2017 Celebrated at Columbia Seminary

Graduation, Awards for Class of 2017 Celebrated at Columbia Seminary

May 21, 2017— On Saturday, May 20, Columbia Theological Seminary held its annual commencement exercises at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA. At this year’s graduation, 55 students were awarded degrees in six graduate degree programs. Four graduates received dual degrees in the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Arts in Practical Theology (M.A.P.T.) programs. Other degrees received included Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling (Th.D.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), Master of Theology (Th.M), and Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.[T.S.]).

Notable among the graduates was Sharol Rhodes Hayner, wife of Dr. Steve Hayner, the ninth president of Columbia Theological Seminary who passed away at the end of January 2015. Sharol Hayner previously received her M.Div. degree from Columbia Seminary and was working on her D.Min. at the time. By July, Sharol published the collected reflections she and Steve Hayner had shared on their CaringBridge website during the months before in a book titled Joy in the Journey: Finding Abundance in the Shadow of Death (InterVarsity Press, 2015). She completed her D.Min. program this spring with the final approval of her dissertation Dying Well: Journeying Together into the Valley of the Shadow of Death.


The following five fellowships were awarded at graduation:

The following twenty-two additional prizes and awards were given at graduation:


Columbia Theological Seminary is committed to “cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Columbia is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers six graduate degree programs and dozens courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through The Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, please visit


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