Commencement Prizes

Each year at Commencement, the faculty bestow a number of prizes to graduating students. Not all prizes are awarded each year.

  • William Ellis Scull Prize—To a member of the first-year class for the greatest improvement in the elements of voice production.
  • William H. Lincoln Prize—To a member of the second-year class for excellence in reading.
  • Salmon Wheaton Prize—To a member of the graduating class for reading.
  • Massachusetts Bible Society Award—For excellence in liturgical reading of the Scriptures.
  • Frederick Maggee Adams Prize—To the member of the graduating class who has maintained the highest standards in homiletics.
  • John Robbins Hart Memorial Prize—To a member of the graduating class for excellence in preaching.
  • J. Norman Hall Prize—To a member of the graduating class recognized as outstanding in peace and justice work.
  • Adelaide T. Case Prize—To a member of the graduating class who has excelled in Christian Education.
  • Alison Cheek Prize in Feminist Liberation Theologies—To a member of the graduating MATS or MDiv class for activism and scholarship that reflect commitmens to ending racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, and all forms of oppressionin the church and wider society.
  • William J. Dietrich, Jr. Memorial Prize—For the best paper submitted on the urban mission of the church.
  • Sr. Angela Creativity in the Visual Arts Prize—To a member of the graduating class who has shown exceptional creativity in the visual expression of theological reflection.
  • The Rev. Cn. Frederick B. Williams Prize in Pastoral Theology—To a graduating MATS or MDiv student who demonstrates excellence in pastoral theology through academic work and practical ministry, and who forcefully articulates by word and/or example, ministries with communities of color or other oppressed groups.
  • William C. Winslow Prize in Bible Studies—To a member of the graduating class who writes the best essay on a subject relating to the Bible and culture or archeology.
  • The Pentecost Prize—To a graduating MATS or MDiv student who, in general, demonstrates consistent excellence in biblical exegesis, and, in particular, reflects the ability and commitment to bring scripture alive in a multicultural world.
  • Nelson Waite Rightmyer Memorial Prize—For the best paper on church history.
  • Bishop Atwood of Arizona Prize—To a member of the graduating class who has done work of distinction in the historical field.
  • Richard D. McCall Award for Excellence in Liturgy—Recognizing a graduating student who has made outstanding contributions to the life of the EDS community through excellence in the design and leadership of worship.