ESR Celebrates the Class of 2019

Earlham School of Religion celebrated the accomplishments of the class of 2019 May 10-11th with baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies.

On Friday evening, the graduates gathered with family, friends, and the ESR community for a baccalaureate dinner and program to honor their achievements. ESR dean Matt Hisrich provided the welcome, and teaching faculty honored the graduates with tributes to their growth and ministry.

The dinner was followed by the baccalaureate service in Nicarry Chapel at neighboring Bethany Seminary. Participating graduates each shared their own words based on the theme of Traveling, and professor Lonnie Valentine brought the message, On Pilgrimage: Of Muck and Magic. The service concluded with words of encouragement from the dean.

Saturday's celebration began with a wonderful time for fellowship at the graduation gala brunch, coordinated by Director of Student and Alumni Engagement, Brent Walsh. The gala was hosted and catered by Hannah's Healthy Bakery.

The day concluded with the 2019 commencement ceremony, held jointly with Earlham College in their athletic and wellness center. Graduates Amy Kelly and Christie Walkuski offered opening words of worship and inspiration to the graduates before they received their diplomas


Graduates this year include:

December 2018:
Pamela Kuhn - Master of Arts in Religion

May 2019:
Keelin Anderson - Master of Divinity
Christopher Duff- Master of Divinity
John Edminster - Master of Divinity
Amy Todd Kelly - Master of Divinity
Christie Walkuski - Master of Divinity
Laura Arcila Villa - Master of Arts in Religion
David K. Hanson - Master of Arts in Religion
Elizabeth Edminster - Certificate - Ministry of Writing

More photos from all of the weekend's celebrations can be found on the ESR Flickr page.

Congratulations to all!