Historical Black Seminary Celebrates Twenty-First Annual Commencement

Source: Star of Zion

Hood Theological Seminary held its twenty-first Commencement ceremony in the Varick Auditorium on the campus of Livingstone College on Saturday, May 21, 2022. The Class of 2022 was surrounded with love and support from family and friends to celebrate their achievement. Speakers for the occasion were Reverends Lara Musser Gritter and Josh Musser Gritter, Co-Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury, NC.

The speakers offered profound words of encouragement and wisdom to the graduates while discussing the joys and difficulties of ministry. Rev. Lara Musser Gritter shared, “Make your love of God be like an oak tree, planted by streams of water. May its roots grasp deeply into the earth to ground you, and may its branches move out thickly and widely to shade you. You are the perfect instrument that God is delighted to work through.” Rev. Josh Musser Gritter added, “Show the love of Jesus to all people. Preach the word of God in season and out. Teach faithfully watching over your people.”

Six Doctor of Ministry degrees and fifteen Master of Divinity degrees were conferred during the exercises. The Doctor of Humane Letters was awarded to Rev. Dr. Robert Milton Lewis, Carla Maxwell Ray, and Gregory M. Alcorn.

Sponsored by the A.M.E. Zion Church, Hood Theological Seminary is a graduate and professional school that is also approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. Students, faculty, and staff from all denominations are welcome. The mission of Hood Theological Seminary is to prepare men and women for bold and creative leadership for the Christian church for a diverse world.

Source: Star of Zion