2017 Seminary Commencement
Abbot Gregory Polan, O.S.B., the newly-elected Abbot Primate of the worldwide Benedictine Order, spoke at the 171st annual commencement of Saint Vincent Seminary, held on Friday, May 12, in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. He was also presented with the doctor of divinity degree, honoris causa. Graduates by diocese or abbey, with Seminary administration and Abbot Gregory are, from left, Rev. John Mary Tompkins, O.S.B., vice rector; Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B., rector; Jie Shi, Archdiocese of Beijing, who earned the master of divinity degree, magna cum laude, as well as the master of arts degree, magna cum laude. Abbot Gregory; Panji Ren, who earned the master of divinity degree, summa cum laude, as well as the master of arts degree, summa cum laude, and received the Omer U. Kline, O.S.B., Excellence in Preaching Award, given by the Rector’s Council to the student who has most clearly demonstrated excellence in preaching, as well as the Honorable Judge Bernard F. Scherer Award, given by the faculty to the student who most exemplifies the qualitites evident in the life and mission of Judge and Professor Scherer; and Rev. Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B., academic dean.