Many Princeton Seminary graduates contributed to the Presbyterian Church’s 219th General Assembly in Minneapolis last July as commissioners, volunteers, and staff. Alums enjoyed Princeton’s reception and luncheon during the Assembly, heard from President Torrance about the Bicentennial Campaign, and reconnected with classmates and friends.


President Torrance congratulates Peggy Howland.
Photo: Erin Dunigan


President Torrance with David Young
Photo: Erin Dunigan


Ericka Parkinson, Class of 2003, enjoys the
Princeton lunch with her baby daughter,
Hannah Rose Parkinson-Kilbourne.

Three graduates received special honors during the Assembly for their contributions to the church. The Reverend Margaret (Peggy) Howland, Class of 1958, received a Women of Faith Award that recognized her fifty-two years as an ordained minister and her work for justice and peace as a member of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. In 1968, she was the only woman minister commissioner to GA.

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship honored William Galvin, Class of 1978, with its Peaceseeker Award for 2009 for his work with conscientious objectors.

David Young, Class of 1987, was honored by Presbyterians for Disability Concerns, which presented him with the Nancy Jennings Award for his work with The Arc of Midland, an organization in Midland, Michigan, that works to promote the welfare of people with developmental disabilities and increase their presence, participation, and inclusion in the community.

Also, Ruth-Aimée Belonni-Rosario, Class of 2007 and the Seminary’s new associate director of admissions, was the guest preacher at one of the Assembly’s morning worship services.