University of Dubuque Announces 2007 Commencement Ceremonies

May 7, 2007 | University of Dubuque Theological Seminary

The University of Dubuque will confer degrees on 200 undergraduate and 40 graduate students during its 155th College Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque. 

The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary will confer degrees on 41 students  27 masters of divinity, 1 masters of arts in religion, 11 doctor of ministry, and 2 certificates in theological studies during the Seminary Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church. 

The College Baccalaureate Service will be held Friday, May 11, at 5:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church prior to the Senior Banquet. Baccalaureate Speaker will be the 
Rev. Dr. G. Alan Crandall, Edwin B. Lindsay Chaplain to Students. The title of his homily is Follow Me. 

The Seminary Baccalaureate Service will be held Friday, May 11, at 9:30 a.m. in Blades Chapel. Dr. Lyle Vander Broek, Professor of New Testament at the Seminary, will be the homilist. 

Joseph D. Small, distinguished author and church leader, will deliver the Commencement Address for both the College and the Seminary. Rev. Small serves as Director of Theology, Worship and Education of the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville, Kentucky. Under his leadership and care are theological publications; interaction with Presbyterian seminaries, church-related colleges, universities, and schools; as well as resource development that enriches congregational worship, prayer, and Bible study. 

Small earned his bachelor's degree at Brown University, a master of divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, a master of theology degree from Princeton University, and a doctor of ministry from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has served congregations in Towson, Maryland; Westerville, Ohio; and Rochester New York as well as various administrative positions at his alma mater, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and the central offices of the Presbyterian Church. 

For the past two decades, Joseph has served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and provided leadership to the denomination in the area of theology, worship, and education. He is the author of numerous books, monographs, essays, and articles as well as a contributor to video resources and congregational study series. At a time when membership is declining in mainline Protestant denominations, his most recent book,Conversations with the Confessions: Dialogue in the Reformed Tradition, an essay, "Confessing Faith in the Reformed Tradition," in the anthology Ancient Faiths and American-Born Churches as well as an article, "Changing Times," in the Spring/Summer 2007 issue of Ideas! have all provided a platform from which to understand the Presbyterian Church and the Reformed tradition. In each of these publications, Small shares powerful insights on the Presbyterians Church's unique contributions to our society at a time of great change within the North American church. 

Joseph Small serves the wider church through his membership in the Faith and Order Commission of both the National and World Council of Churches, the Department of Theology of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, and the North American Academy of Ecumenists. He also serves as co-chair of the Reformed-Pentecostal International Dialogue.