—President M. Craig Barnes to preside at his first Commencement since taking office in January—

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Princeton, NJ, May 16, 2013–Princeton Theological Seminary will award 164 degrees to 159 graduates during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18. The Commencement Service will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Princeton University Chapel.  Presiding will be the Seminary’s new president, Dr. M. Craig Barnes.

One hundred seven (107) men and women will receive the Master of Divinity degree, the basic professional degree for Christian ministry. Five (5) students will receive dual degrees—both the Master of Divinity degree and the Master of Arts degree. One (1) will receive the Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree; two (2) will receive the Master of Arts degree; twenty-one (21) the Master of Theology degree; one (1) will receive the Doctor of Ministry degree; and twenty-two (22) the Doctor of Philosophy degree, the highest degree granted by the institution. This year’s Ph.D. class is the largest in recent history.

There are fourteen (14) international students in the graduating class, including students from Egypt, Denmark, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, South Korea, Sweden, and Thailand. Most will return to their native countries to teach and assume leadership positions in the church. Among them are four Ph.D. graduates: Hani Kostandi Hanna, a native of Egypt, will return to his homeland to become assistant professor at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo. Chananporn Jaisaodee will return to Thailand as a professor of Christian education at McGilvary College of Divinity at Payap University in Chaing Mai. Yoshiyuki Kato will become assistant professor at Tokyo Christian University in Japan, and Jin Kyung Park will join the faculty at Methodist Theological University in Seoul, South Korea.

Graduates will serve as pastors in churches, as hospital and prison chaplains, and in the mission field. They will teach in urban schools, minister on college campuses, and continue their studies, both in the United States and abroad. One graduate, Michael Gewecke, will be an assistant pastor in Iowa and will also run a web management business that he founded for churches.

Two graduates will follow in the footsteps of their parents when they walk down the aisle of the university chapel to receive their diplomas. Bailey Pruner’s mother Victoria and father James both graduated from Princeton Seminary in 1985. And Jessica Hawkinson will join her mother, Suzan Hawkinson, who graduated in 1984.

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Princeton Seminary was established in 1812 by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church as a post-graduate professional school of theology. It is the largest Presbyterian seminary in the country, with more than 500 students in six graduate degree programs.