The accomplishments of seventeen students were celebrated at the 37th Taylor Seminary Commencement Ceremony on April 30th.
The Class of '17 included twelve men and five women. Eight students graduated with their Master of Divinity, six with their Master of Theological Studies, one with a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies--TESOL, and one each with a diploma or graduate certificate.
Our Commencement Speaker was Sheryl Grunwald, a two-time graduate of Taylor (1983 and 1995) and one of our Distinguished Alumni (2007). Sheryl works as an advocate for children around the world, especially in training those who are trainers of children's ministry workers. She notes that one-third of the world is under the age of 15, and that is the age when most people make faith commitments.
The Valedictorian of the Class of 2017 was Greg Garbutt, who has been the president of the Taylor Seminary Students Association.
Student Financial Assistance
Each year students receive a significant amount of financial assistance through the generosity of a number of individuals, churches and organizations. Some of these scholarships and financial awards are presented at the end of the academic year during the Commencement Ceremony. Our sincere thanks to those who made this financial assistance available to our students this year.
Canadian Bible Society Bible Reading Award
Each year the Canadian Bible Society awards a Bible to a graduating student who has demonstrated excellence in the public reading of Scripture.
Awarded to: VAL MARTENS
Dewey Intercultural Studies Award
Established by former President Dr. Marvin Dewey and his late wife, Becky, this award is given annually to a second-year student who demonstrates competence in and concern for intercultural ministry.
Awarded to: LOUDELL HERMS
Dan Leverette Memorial Scholarship
The Dan Leverette Memorial Scholarship is given to a Master of Divinity student who demonstrates ability in and commitment to the practice of youth ministry and is preparing for full-time vocational ministry with youth.
Awarded to: CHRISTOPHER MILLER
William Sturhahn Preaching Award
Made possible by the family of Dr. William Sturhahn, this preaching award is given to a graduating student who demonstrates the greatest proficiency in preaching and is seeking placement as a pastor in Canada.
Awarded to: GARRY MULLEN
Goltz Family Scholarship
Established by the family of former President Dr. Walter Goltz, this award is given to full-time program students who are preparing for Christian ministry; the award will be made on the basis of academic performance.
Awarded to: GREG GARBUTT, VAL MARTENS, RYAN PEDDE
Alumni Association Scholarship
The Alumni Association Scholarship is awarded to a student distinguished in academics and Christian behaviour and seeking placement in full-time vocational ministry.
Awarded to: GAVIN CHENG
Doris and Gerald Borchert Scholarship in New Testament Studies
The Doris and Gerald Borchert Scholarship in New Testament Studies is awarded to the full-time, second-year student who demonstrates the highest proficiency in New Testament studies.
Awarded to: LOUIS (KENT) BLANTON
The Faculty Scholarship is awarded to the degree student who earned the highest grade point average during the present academic year while completing a minimum of 9 credits each semester.
Awarded to: VAL MARTENS
Sonnenberg Leadership Scholarship
Established by former President Dr. Joseph Sonnenberg, this award is given to students who demonstrate giftedness in the area of leadership.
Awarded to: HEATHER BREITKREUZ, STEPHEN EPP, STEPHEN KURUVILLA, AI OJIMA, LOUIS (KENT) BLANTON