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Insights from Dean Townes

Dear alumni/ae and friends,

We proudly welcomed 64 Divinity and 14 Graduate Department of Religion graduates into the Vanderbilt alumni/ae family with hugs and cheers during an especially beautiful Commencement day on Alumni Lawn and inside Benton Chapel.

Twenty-one of our students earned certificates in the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality; the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies; and Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture.

We also celebrated the accomplishments of our 97th Founder’s Medalist, Samantha Tashman McGlothlin, and those who received awards for scholarship and service.

In addition, the Student Government Association honored Shakiya LaVonne Canty, MDiv’16; Sha’Tika Brown, program and events coordinator; and David Michelson, assistant professor of the history of Christianity; for their service to the Divinity community. Please check Instagram to see additional Commencement photos.

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Christian Theologians Call for Courage in a Time of Fearful Public Discourse
The Workgroup on Constructive Theology produced and distributed a video titled Fear Not!, which encourages Christians to respond in faith to the dangerous and fearful public discourse of our current political season. Click here to view the video. 

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