NTS Graduates 61st Class

NTS held its 61st commencement on Sunday, May 13, at 4:00 pm at Kansas City (MO) First Church of the Nazarene. The Class of 2007 consisted of 71 graduates. receiving degrees as follows: 46 Master of Divinity; 7 M.A. in Christian Education; 10 M.A. in Intercultural Studies; 6 M.A. in Theological Studies; and 2 Doctor of Ministry. 7 students received diplomas or certificates, 3 of which earned them in addition to their degree. This class represented 3 countries including the United States, Nigeria, and Canada.

Earlier on Sunday morning, also at KC First Church, Rev. Jimmy Skeen represented his class by preaching the Corlett Senior Sermon. Two other Corlett Sermon finalists, Sharon Beck and Janel Apps Ramsey, preached their sermons during NTS chapel services in April. The late Mr. Eric A. Mabes, a prominent Kansas City Realtor, established the Corlett Senior Sermon Award in the interest of developing an incentive for more effective preaching. He sponsored the award from 1945 to 1966. In 1966, Dr. and Mrs. L. T. Corlett, as a symbol of their continuing interest in the future ministry of the church, assumed the sponsorship of this award. The award is now sponsored by R. Wesley Blachly.

Dr. Gordon Wetmore, President Emeritus of NTS (1992 – 2000), delivered the commencement address in which he encouraged the graduates to firmly take hold of their call to ministry. Prior to his work at the Seminary, Wetmore served as President of Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, ID (1983 – 1992), as pastor in Kansas City, MO; Columbus, OH; Wollaston, MA; and Monroe, WI. He also served as Dean of Students and Chaplain at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA. Dr. Wetmore holds the Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, the Bachelor of Divinity (systematic Theology) from NTS, and the Bachelor of Arts (Literature) from ENC. He and his wife A.J. reside in Olathe, Kansas. They have four adult children and 6 grandchildren.

In addition to the commencement ceremony which filled the KC First Church sanctuary to near capacity, the weekend was full of various graduation events, including a special graduate chapel on Saturday morning and a senior banquet on Saturday night. Graduates were also inducted into the NTS Alumni Association on Friday afternoon at a special lunch held in their honor.

NTS will hold three summer school sessions between May and August. The fall semester will begin August 27, 2007.

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