86th Divinity School Baccalaureate

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Jessica King Corpening, a MTS graduate, during a procession of graduating students before the school’s 86th Baccalaureate service.Duke Divinity School celebrated its 86th Baccalaureate service May 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Duke Chapel with Sam Wells, dean of the chapel and research professor of Christian ethics at the Divinity School, delivering the sermon.

The next day, Duke University awarded more than 4,900 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees during its annual commencement ceremony in Wallace Wade Stadium. Of those degrees, 162 went to Duke Divinity School students. The degrees were: Master of Divinity, 122; Master of Theology, 6; Master of Theological Studies, 18; Master of Arts in Christian Studies, 11; and Doctor of Theology, 5

During the 90-minute Baccalaureate service, Wells delivered the sermon, “But Even if Not,” based on an Old Testament lesson from the third chapter of Daniel. The worship also included the traditional ritual of hooding for degree recipients and is available on YouTube, embedded below, for viewing.