Hellenic College & Holy Cross Holds Its Sixty-Seventh Commencement
Brookline, MA – On Saturday, May 16, 2009 Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology held its sixty-seventh commencement, which was attended by nearly 500 people including His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, His Grace Bishop Anthimos of Olympos and members of the Board of Trustees. At the ceremony, Hellenic College graduated thirteen individuals, several of whom will be continuing their education at Holy Cross. The School of Theology conferred upon thirty-seven individuals Masters Degrees in Theological Studies, Theology and Divinity. Of the twenty-nine graduates who received a Master of Divinity degree, twenty-one of them will eventually be serving as clergy in the Greek Orthodox Church.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios presented the Invocation and also presided over the Orthos and Hierarchal Liturgy earlier that morning where the now Reverend Jason Roll was ordained into the priesthood. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios was also the Celebrant at Great Vespers and Stavrophoria the night before, where seniors received their crosses.
Rev. Nicholas C. Triantafilou, President of Hellenic College & Holy Cross, greeted those in attendance and addressed the graduating class, saying, “We know that parishes across our Archdiocese and Metropolises will welcome your offerings as clergy and lay leaders. Educational, service and business professions and organizations, as well, look forward to your joining their missions. Please accept our joyous expression of congratulations for your achievement in reaching the goals of your spiritual and academic pilgrimages.”
The National Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society’s president, Aphrodite Skeadas, announced a gift of over $46,000 to support the school through student scholarships.
The Valedictorian Addresses were given by Brittany Anne Kearns of Hellenic College and Sokratis Dimitriadis of Holy Cross, who shared, “This School is one of the greatest assets of our Church. And the greatest asset of this School is its students…With students of such qualities, I cannot be but very optimistic for the future of our Church.”
Lily Haseotes Bentas, CEO of Cumberland Farms Inc., received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities and gave the Commencement Address for Hellenic College, and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity was conferred upon Rev. Dr. Alkiviadis C. Calivas, who presented the Commencement Address for Holy Cross.
Earlier in the week the alumni association held several events to honor the classes of 1959 and 1984 in celebration of their 50th and 25th Anniversaries.
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