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Congratulations to the graduating class of 2016
5 December 2016

The Adelaide graduation ceremony of the University of Divinity took place in the Immanuel College chapel on Friday, 2 December at 7.30pm. This year’s ceremony had an ecumenical feel, with graduands from Catherine Booth College, Pilgrim Theological College and Yarra Theological Union (all located in Melbourne) joining graduands from Australian Lutheran College (ALC).

Of 67 graduands from across the colleges, 21 attended to receive their award in person from the Chancellor, Dr Graeme Blackman, supported by a congregation consisting of dignitaries, family members and friends. Rosemarie Joyce from Yarra Theological Union received the highest award - Doctor of Philosophy and Daniel Mueller (a fifth year Ordination candidate from ALC) was awarded the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Scholar.

In addition, the Principal of Australian Lutheran College, Rev James Winderlich also presented certificates to candidates from the School of Educational Theology and a candidate from the Vocational Education Training program at the college.

Speaker for the evening, the Reverend Associate Professor, Michael Kelly, (a Redemptoriorist Priest, Research Coordinator at Yarra Theological Union, Chair of the UD Academic Board and a member of the UD Council), gave the address for the evening, in which he encouraged graduands to strive to live their lives, with the aim of ‘making a difference’. A copy of the address may be read online.

Music played an integral part in the evening celebration, with Bishop Mark Whitfield of the Lutheran Church of New Zealand leading the congregational singing on the college’s pipe organ. Attendees were further treated to two classical items performed by violinist Shaun Lancaster, accompanied by pianist Joseph Ingram.

The evening’s proceedings concluded with fellowship shared over supper, kindly catered for by Immanuel College.