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2015 Adelaide Graduation Ceremony
7 December 2015

Guests and family members gathered to celebrate the graduation of 54 students (not all in attendance) from colleges across the University of Divinity, at the Adelaide Graduation ceremony held at Immanuel College on Friday, 4 December 2015. Graduates attending included undergraduate and postgraduate students from Australian Lutheran College, and the Revd Dr Cecilia Francis of Trinity College Theological School who received the degree of Doctor of Ministry Studies.

The University of Divinity Chancellor, Dr Graeme Blackman presided and the graduation address was delivered by the Revd Canon Professor Dorothy Lee, Dean of Trinity College Theological School. In her address to students she reminded them that although they had reached the conclusion of their academic courses, as disciples of Jesus Christ (the Greek word for ‘disciple’ means ‘one who learns’) they would continue to be students.

Fifth year ordination candidate Matthew Bishop (now the pastor of Morley, WA) was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Scholar for 2015, which was presented to him by the University Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Sherlock. In nominating Matthew for this award, the Dean, Head of the School of Pastoral Theology and the teaching staff of Australian Lutheran College, recognised the depth of Matthew’s commitment to learning, the quality of his scholarship, the originality of his thinking and his desire to share his passion for knowledge and understanding with others.  

This was the second year that the University has held a graduation ceremony in Adelaide, and the first open to all students of the University. It was also the first year that the ceremony was expanded to include the presenting of VET and Vocational Certificates to ALC students.