Unification News for July 2004

Unification Theological Seminary Holds Twenty-eighth Commencement

The Unification Theological Seminary held its 28th commencement exercises on Saturday, June 26, at 11:00 a.m. on its Barrytown campus. Sixty-two students received Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) degrees, thirteen students received Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degrees and one student received a certificate in Unification Leadership. The 76 graduating students comprise the largest graduation class in the Seminaryís 30-year history.

A highlight of the ceremony was the graduation of Mrs. Yeonah Choi Moon, wife of Mr. Hyo Jin Moon, eldest son of the Seminary founder. Another highlight was the conferring of four honorary master degrees in pedagogy to Revs. Young Suk Song, Heung Tae Kim, Pyung Rae Moon, and Bong Tae Kim. These are the first honorary masters degrees ever bestowed by the Seminary. In addition, UTS offered its first "Trustees Award" to Rev. Tae Haeng Yu, leader of the Unification movement in Japan, for his commitment to global religious education.

Included among this yearís graduates are seminarians from Korea, Japan, the United States, Peru, Nigeria, Greece, Cameroon, Canada, Zambia, Rwanda, Trinidad, Pakistan and India. In the words of Seminary President Dr. Tyler O. Hendricks, "I see Godís love in them, love that can bridge boundaries and bring enemies together."

Ten of the graduating students completed the majority of their work at the UTS Extension Center in Manhattan. The Extension Center was established in 2000 and has grown to an enrollment of 61. Approximately 120 students are enrolled at the Seminaryís main campus in Barrytown.

Unification Theological Seminary prepares men and women for leadership in ministry and religious education. Established by Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon in 1975, UTS educates substantial portions of the Unification movementís international leadership. Through its Extension Center, the Seminary opens its doors to students from all faiths. Eight seminarians participating in this yearís graduation hail from denominations other than the Unification Church. The Seminaryís degree programs are chartered by the New York State Education Department and accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

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