On April 23, The School of Theology community gathered in the Chapel of the Apostles in celebration of the upcoming commencement events. The Eucharist service on this day featured the presentation of St. Luke’s crosses to each of the students scheduled to graduate on May 9.
According to Don Armentrout’s book, The Quest for the Informed Priest, St. Luke's Hall (the original seminary) was named St. Luke's at the request of Charlotte Manigault, who provided the funding. The building and naming of St. Luke’s chapel followed. Other things appropriated the name unofficially over time — St Luke's community referred to the student body and the St. Luke's Cross was given to graduates. Armentrout references Bishop Quintard's diary, in which Quintard says Manigault wanted it named St. Luke's to honor Quintard, who was once a physician.
Following the service, the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, dean of The School of Theology, bestowed recognitions and awards during the community lunch.
Several current seniors have previously received awards during their time at the School and those achievements were recognized again on this day:
• Alice Courtright was recognized at Founder's Day 2012 for having received the Woods Leadership Award, presented to a member of the junior class who has most successfully taken the initiative in assuming a leadership role in the class.
• Sharron Cox, at the DuBose Lectures banquet in 2012, received the Freeman Award for Merit, established by the Rev. Reed H. Freeman and his wife, Nancy, and awarded to a rising middler who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and promise in the junior year.
• In the spring of 2013, Sharron Cox, Bentley Manning, Diana Scheide, and Elizabeth Yale were awarded the William A. Griffin Scholarships, given each year to enable students to study in the Holy Land. The fund was established to celebrate the ministry William A. Griffin, former professor of Old Testament at The School of Theology from 1959–1988, and was endowed by Professor Griffin’s wife, Anne Griffin, and her daughter, Shore Griffin, and other donors.
The class officers were recognized for their leadership and service to the School:
• Bonnie McCrickard was elected as student body president and served through the fall semester of this academic year. She represented the School to the University’s governing bodies and to The School of Theology faculty.
• Carl Saxton, as senior class representative, kept the pulse of the community, especially as it related to the senior class.
• Bentley Manning served as the student trustee for The School of Theology.
The Chapel of the Apostles’ sacristans were asked to stand in recognition for the important role they play in the community’s worship:
• Elizabeth Yale, Head Sacristan
• Brian Cannaday
• Dan Wagner
• Alex Andujar
Alexander was accompanied by the School’s academic dean, the Rev. Canon Jim Turrell, for the presentation of The School of Theology awards. These awards are given to the seniors who exhibit the most outstanding academic achievement in the following categories:
- The School of Theology Prize in Biblical Studies was awarded to Rebecca Nuchols Roberts, an M.A. student from Rome, Ga.
- The School of Theology Prize in Theology and Ethics was awarded to Brenda Dowell, an M.DIV. United Methodist student from the Holston Conference.
- The School of Theology Prize in Historical Studies was awarded to Sharron Cox, an M.Div. student from the Diocese of Texas.
- The School of Theology Prize in Practical Theology was awarded to Alice Courtright, an M.Div. student from the Diocese of New Jersey.
- The School of Theology Community Service Award was awarded to Alex Andujar, an M.Div. student from the Diocese of Southwest Florida.