Commencement 2015

James Carroll - credit: PatriciaPingree

Author James Carroll will give the address at CDSP’s 121st Commencement on May 22, 2015 at 10:30 am in the St. Margaret’s Courtyard. The event is open to the public and will be broadcast live online at

Carroll, who will be awarded an honorary doctorate, is the author of 11 novels and eight works of non-fiction and is a regular columnist for The Boston Globe. In a profile for the Spring 2015 issue of Crossings, CDSP’s magazine, he said, “All of my work has been preoccupied with trying to reconcile the relationship between the Christian religion and…grotesque outbreaks of violence, especially anti-Semitism.”

At the ceremony, CDSP will award the Master of Divinity degree to 15 candidates and will also grant the Master of Theological Studies and Doctor of Ministry degrees, the Master of Arts degree in cooperation with the Graduate Theological Union, and the Certificate of Anglican Studies.

The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi, bishop of Utah, and the Rt. Rev. Anne Elliott Hodges-Copple, bishop suffragan of North Carolina, will receive the honorary Doctor of Divinity at the ceremony.

Hayashi, who was elected bishop of Utah in 2010, is known as an advocate for health care, immigration reform, and respect for other faith traditions. Before becoming bishop, he was canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Chicago for five years and served parishes in Washington, Utah and California. Hayashi, who converted to Christianity at age 15, earned a certificate of studies from CDSP in 1984, an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Washington.

Hodges-Copple, who was elected bishop suffragan of North Carolina in 2013, is a 1984 graduate of the Pacific School of Religion, one of CDSP’s partners in the Graduate Theological Union. Her MDiv studies included coursework at CDSP. Prior to seminary, Hodges-Copple was a community organizer. Since ordination, she has served congregations in the Diocese of North Carolina and as Episcopal chaplain to Duke University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in public policy in 1979.

Priority for parking in the CDSP lot will be given to our honorees and those who require special access. Some parking may be available on the morning of the event, but please leave extra time to find street parking.