Commencement 2012

On Monday, May 14, Candler School of Theology took part in Emory University’s 167th Commencement exercises. The university awarded more than 4,100 degrees, including 126 to Candler’s newest alumni.

Photos 1 and 3 by Emory Photo; all others by Cindy Brown 09T.

The Atlanta Pipe Band led the academic procession onto Emory's Quadrangle at 8 a.m. for the all-schools ceremony.

A steady drizzle fell in the early morning hours, but the rain let up when the ceremony began.

An estimated 15,000 people gathered on the Quad for the event.

Candler’s student marshals, MDiv graduate Leah Lyman Waldron (right) and MTS graduate Amanda Davis (left), were chosen for their records of academic excellence.

MDiv graduate Dalan Vanterpool during the all-schools ceremony, where Emory President James Wagner conferred the degrees.

After the ceremony on the Quad, Candler students processed to Glenn Memorial to receive their diplomas.

Rex D. Matthews, associate professor in the practice of historical theology, was Candler’s recipient of the 2012 Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s highest honor for teaching.

Dean Love commended the Class of 2012 for its commitment to social justice, community building, rich worship experiences, and philanthropy.

After the diploma ceremony, friends and family members snapped photos of happy graduates.

Graduate Jung Won An received flowers to mark the special occasion.

A simple piece of paper—but it represents several years of hard work.