St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary announced its 2020 Commencement plan today. Having extended the Semester by one week while restructuring for the COVID-imposed move to online instruction, graduation exercises will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, 2020.
Friday evening, May 29, will feature the hybrid live-online portion of Commencement. The evening will feature various Commencement Speakers, including His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, President of the Seminary; His Eminence Archbishop Michael, Rector of St. Tikhon’s; in addition to this year’s commencement speaker, Archimandrite Zacharias from the Monastery of Saint John the Baptist, Essex, England. Archimandrite Zacharias is a disciple of recently-canonized Saint Sophrony and long-time friend of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary. Further details of the broadcast will be forthcoming, both here and at the seminary’s website here. A recording will also be made available through Ancient Faith Radio.
On Saturday, May 30, following all protocols and directives given by public health officials of Wayne County, PA, the seminary will proceed with commencement exercises in a very limited and private manner, honoring the graduating students and their families as able. Due to the fluid nature of the pandemic, a full plan is still being finalized. Because of social distancing requirements, and other Wayne County directives, the commencement exercises on Saturday May 30 will be closed to those outside the immediate seminary community.