May 23, 2013, CAMBRIDGE, MA – Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) celebrated the graduation of 27 students during its 2013 commencement ceremony, which took place on Thursday, at the First Church in Cambridge, Congregational.
The Right Rev. Michael Curry, eleventh Bishop of North Carolina, delivered a rousing commencement address in which he urged the graduating class to “Go change the world.” Drawing from the Gospel of Luke, Bishop Curry emphasized the resurrection story of Christ and its message that all things are ultimately possible.
“The resurrection says ‘why not’ to a why-weary world,” Bishop Curry said, before asking attendees to think beyond the limitations and constraints of the world. He challenged the graduating class to follow in the footsteps of Mary Magdalene, the “paradigm of what it is to be a disciple of Jesus” as well as Harriet Tubman, who he described as “a descendent of Mary Magdalene.” “If God lives,” Bishop Curry declared, “you can stand up for justice, truth, and freedom.”
The ceremony included the awarding of Commencement Prizes to members of the graduating class. Additionally, EDS conferred honorary doctor of divinity degrees to Bishop Curry, Jamie Bissonette Lewey, and the Rev. Canon Dr. Gregory Straub. Jamie Bissonette Lewey is chair of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission and coordinator of the Healing Justice Program for the American Friends Service Committee in New England. The Rev. Canon Dr. Gregory Straub retired in January as Executive Officer of the General Convention and Secretary of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.