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Bp ThomasHis Grace, Bishop Thomas

It is with great joy that Saint Tikhon’s Seminary announces that it will hold its 75th Annual Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

At the invitation of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, STOTS President, His Grace, Bishop Thomas of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America will deliver the commencement address.  Metropolitan Tikhon will preside at the graduation exercises, which will be held in front of the All Saints Bell Tower Chapel on the grounds of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, beginning at 1:00 p.m. 

According to Archpriest Steven Voytovich, STOTS Dean, prior to giving the commencement address, Bishop Thomas will receive from the seminary an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in recognition of his dedicated service to Christ’s Holy Church, his passionate commitment to Orthodox youth, and his contributions to Orthodox education both here and abroad.  A member of the STOTS Board of Trustees since May 2015, Bishop Thomas also serves as Assistant to the President of Balamand University in charge of Student Recruitment in North America.  Bishop Thomas’ biography is available on the seminary web site.

The Commencement will take place in conjunction with the 113th annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage to Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, which officially opens on Friday, May 26 and closes on Monday, May 29.