Each year, members of the senior class get together to come up with a way to give back to the School of Theology through their senior gift, a tradition that has been in place for nearly 20 years.


This year, the class of 2021 has committed to 100% participation to help establish an endowed Women’s Lecture Fund in memory of Melissa Kean, T’19. In addition, a subset of the class will make a covenant with one another to pledge their financial support for the School of Theology over the next five years. If you would like to contribute to the Women's Lecture Fund, select "other" on the giving form and write in how you'd like to designate your gift.


The class of 2020 recently saw their class gift come to fruition with the purchase of new dalmatics for the Chapel of the Apostles. An additional gift to scholarships for seminarians was made with the balance of the funds not used to purchase the dalmatics.


Together with the class of 2017, the class of 2019 commissioned a portrait of the Rev. Joseph Joseph Green Jr., T’65, H’10, one of the first two African American students to earn a degree from the University of the South.


Members of the class of 2018 pooled their gifts to purchase a St. Luke's banner.

Other Notable Senior Class Gifts
  • In 2016, seniors commissioned a series of icons which will be complete soon and will hang in the Chapel of the Apostles.

  • The class of 2015 commissioned a child-sized processional cross.

  • Several classes over the years directed their gifts towards a number of specially commissioned icons which now hang throughout Hamilton Hall. 

  • T'09's gift, a beautiful work of calligraphy by local artist Diane Jones will honor the nine professors who, in October 1952, resigned in protest of the University’s refusal to desegregate the School of Theology. The piece is expected to be complete in early 2021 and will hang in Hamilton Hall.

  • The class of 2007 commissioned the outdoor altar and the class of 2006 commissioned a wooden replica of the St. Luke's cross, which was made by two members of the class.