Seminary's Commencement Ceremony Set for June 5

6/1/10 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland Theological Seminary will confer 201 degrees to members of its 2010 graduating class at the commencement ceremony to be held Saturday (June 5) at 10 a.m. in the John C. Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus.

Dr. T. DeWitt Smith Jr., president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc., will deliver the commencement address titled "Good Neighbor Lessons for God's Church."

Smith is a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry degrees. He is an inductee in the Martin Luther King Jr. Morehouse College Board of Distinguished Preachers.

Smith was elected and installed as the 18th president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc. (PNBC) in its annual session held in Cincinnati in 2006. He has been a part of the PNBC family for more than 35 years and as an active member he has served the convention as instructor in the Congress of Christian Education, and as second and first vice president of the Parent Body.

In January of 1992, he accepted the pastorate of West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., succeeding the late Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy. He served there as pastor for 11 years and, in 2003, he was led by the Holy Spirit to plant the Trinity Baptist Church of Metro Atlanta located in Atlanta, Ga., where he continues to serve as senior pastor.

The degrees to be conferred include doctor of ministry; master of divinity; master of arts in clinical counseling; master of arts in counseling; master of arts in religion; master of arts in practical theology; master of arts in biblical, historical and theological studies; diploma of theology in black church studies; diploma of theology in Hispanic studies and diploma of practical ministry.

Ashland Theological Seminary is a graduate division of Ashland University. With campuses in Ashland, Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus, Ashland Theological Seminary integrates theological education with Christ-centered transformation as it equips men and women for ministry in the church and the world.