Commencement is currently postponed. We will share more information about Commencement activities when this information becomes available. In the meantime, we ask that you pray for our students during this difficult and trying time.
Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School will hold it’s second commencement ceremony on May 16th, 2020, at 11:30 am in Marquand Chapel. This will be the first commencement ceremony in New Haven in which we offer awards to graduating seniors, including the recently established Martin B. Copenhaver Preaching Prize.
Faculty, staff, and students are asked not to robe, but to wear purple and blue. A light lunch will follow the event.
For more information about other events during Commencement weekend at the Divinity School, please visit the Commencement Weekend at-a-glance page.
Commencement Speaker: Prof. John Y. Campbell
John Y. Campbell is the Morton L. and Carole S. Olshan Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1994.
Campbell has published over 100 articles on various aspects of finance and macroeconomics, including fixed-income securities, equity valuation, portfolio choice, and household finance. His books include Financial Decisions and Markets: A Course in Asset Pricing (Princeton University Press 2018), The Squam Lake Report: Fixing the Financial System (with the Squam Lake Group of financial economists, PUP 2010), Strategic Asset Allocation: Portfolio Choice for Long-Term Investors (with Luis Viceira, Oxford University Press 2002), and The Econometrics of Financial Markets (with Andrew Lo and Craig MacKinlay, PUP 1997).
Campbell delivered the Ely Lecture to the American Economic Association in 2016 and served as President of the American Finance Association in 2005. He is a Research Associate and former Director of the Program in Asset Pricing at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and holds honorary doctorates from BI Norwegian Business School, the University of Maastricht, the University of Paris Dauphine, and Copenhagen Business School. Campbell is also a founding partner of Arrowstreet Capital, LP, a Boston-based quantitative asset management firm.
Campbell served Andover Newton Theological School and Andover Newton Seminary faithfully for many years as a member of the board of trustees.
Student Speaker: Mahogany S. Thomas (MDiv ‘20)
Born and raised in Columbia, MO., Rev. Mahogany S. Thomas is an ordained minister and emerging scholar passionate about radical love, hospitality, and teaching the Gospel. Mahogany is a graduate of Yale Divinity School, receiving her Master of Divinity on May 18th, 2020. At Yale, Mahogany’s areas of emphasis included Homiletics, Womanist Theology, and Practical Theology, specifically within the Black Church. Before her time at Yale, Mahogany graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts in December of 2016 from Westminster College-MO. Her undergraduate studies focused on Religious Studies with an emphasis on sex and gender in the Christian tradition. During her time at Westminster College, Mahogany held various positions in the banking industry, culminating as an Assistant Branch Manager at Central Bank of Boone County.
On February 10th, 2019, Mahogany received ordained standing through Privilege of Call in the United Church of Christ (UCC). Currently, she serves as the Minister of Youth and Families at First Church of Christ, UCC, in Middletown, CT. Under her leadership, First Church has led successful efforts to revitalize their youth, including facilitation of a Youth Racial Justice Training, the completion of a Confirmation Class, and ongoing youth and family programming. Mahogany’s ministry experience has taken her across the world. One of her favorite preaching experiences was in the Garden of Gethsemane while visiting Jerusalem in 2015. Mahogany has also been fortunate to intern at both Trinity United Church of Christ (UCC) in Chicago, IL, and Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, CA. While at Glide, Mahogany served under the leadership of the now Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop in the United Methodist Church.
In September of 2018, Mahogany received the Charles S. Mersick Award for effective public address presented by Yale University. Most recently, she was invited by Trinity United Church of Christ (UCC) as one of their Seven Last Words Service guest preachers. Her recent engagements also include Harvard Black Student Ministries at Harvard University and a panelist on ‘Breaking the Stained-Glass Ceiling: Fourth Annual Yale Divinity School Women’s Event’ at Yale University. In October of 2019, Mahogany was the keynote speaker for the 2019 Multicultural Achievement Committee (MAC) Conference for Columbia Public Schools. Her keynote address was entitled Reconciliation: Breaking our Inner Truths.