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Commencement 2022

The 127th Commencement Exercises of Church Divinity School of the Pacific were held Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 10:30 AM Pacific Time in St. Margaret’s Courtyard. 

This year’s commencement exercises were somewhat unusual, in that graduates from 2020 and 2021 were invited to participate. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Class of 2020 participated in an online celebration of graduates but did not have a formal commencement, and the Class of 2021 participated in an online commencement ceremony.

Commencement Replay

Honorary Degree Recipients

Floyd P. Lalwet, an Igorot from Besao, Mountain Province, in the the Philippines, grew up in an Indigenous community which was also a mission area of the Episcopal Church. He graduated from a public elementary school and from high school at St. James Episcopal School.

Lalwet has served the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP) as social concerns officer, national development officer, and provincial secretary. He is currently the chancellor and legal counsel for ECP and teaches canon law and community development at St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary in Quezon City.

Lalwet has successfully represented ECP in several critical legal cases, played a major role in concluding the Episcopal Church’s annual financial subsidy to the ECP three years ahead of schedule, and has had a significant role in helping move local churches toward self-sustainability.

 

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook ‘03, bishop of San Diego, is a leader in the areas of evangelism, church growth, church planting, and new mission development. 

From 2006 to 2017, she served as the church planter, vicar, and then rector of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Scottsdale, AZ, leading it through a process of growth to a program-sized parish. From 2017 to 2019, she served as the canon for church growth and development in the Diocese of Oklahoma. In 2019 she was elected and consecrated as the fifth bishop of San Diego.

Snook authored God Gave the Growth: Church Planting in the Episcopal Church (Church Publishing, 2015) and co-edited Acts to Action: The New Testament’s Guide to Evangelism and Mission (Forward Movement, 2018).

 

The Rev. Dr. Kwasi Thornell has been an Episcopal priest since 1972, and has served churches in urban centers across the nation. He has served as canon missioner for Washington National Cathedral and interfaith-ecumenical officer for the Diocese of Washington. Early in his career he was vice president and then president of the Union of Black Episcopalians and has remained active in UBE. During his time at CDSP, he taught pastoral theology and was instrumental in starting the Seminarians of Color Union.

In 2007 Thornell helped found the Bishop Walker School for Boys, a tuition-free Episcopal School for children from underserved communities in Washington, DC. He has served on non-profit boards including the United Way, Urban League, and various church councils and community organizations

Currently he is serving as the bishop’s deputy for special ministries in the Diocese of Southeast Florida, and was recently appointed executive director of the Howard Thurman Center for Empowerment and Learning.