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Dear alumni/ae and friends,

A wonderful celebration filled Benton Chapel at Commencement on May 11 when we proudly welcomed 62 Divinity and 11 Graduate Department of Religion graduates into the Vanderbilt alumni/ae family.

Twenty-two of our students earned certificates in the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality; the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies; Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture; and African American and Diaspora Studies. One student earned a certificate from the Center for Latin American Studies and three students received certificates in Jewish Studies.

We also celebrated the achievements of our 98th Founder’s Medalist, Kelsey Laine Davis, and of those who received awards for scholarship and service.

In addition, the Student Government Association honored Armando Guerrero Estrada, MTS’18, and Sha’Tika Brown, program and events coordinator, for their significant contributions to the Divinity School community.

I wish you all the best while The Spire begins its summer hiatus as we practice everyday acts of humanity and outrageous moments of hope and joy…regardless.


Emilie Townes

Emilie M. Townes

E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair
Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society


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