The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is preparing for its 23rd annual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 26 at Town Hall. We are thrilled to confer degrees to 59 students who will join the thriving network of alumni who are pursuing innovative, life-changing work in their vocations as therapists, pastors, leaders, and artists.
Commencement is a foundational part of The Seattle School’s annual rhythm, full of ritual, symbolism, beauty, and depth to help mark the meaningful, transformational work to which these students have committed themselves—and to welcome them into the next phase of their journey as alumni. This cohort in particular faced unique challenges due to the pandemic, shifting much of their final coursework and internships online. Through many obstacles they persevered to not only cross the finish line, but complete their degrees with great courage and determination.
“Commencement marks a season of endings and beginnings. It is a time of gratitude for the grace of God during the journey, and for the courage to persist in the midst of struggle. This moment affirms and celebrates a renewed call to life’s adventure and service,” said Dr. J. Derek McNeil, President of The Seattle School.
This year’s ceremony will feature student voices Bina Ellefsen (MA in Counseling Psychology), Emma Groppe (MA in Theology & Culture), and Milli Haase (Master of Divinity). The ceremony will also feature special music from Jodi Bagge, a graduating MA in Counseling Psychology student.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only graduating students and one guest may gather in person for the celebration of the 60 students who are completing their time as students at The Seattle School. While we are unable to invite our community to join us in person, you can join us live via our YouTube channel.