2014 Sydney College of Divinity Graduation Ceremony

2014 Sydney College of Divinity Graduation Ceremony

St Andrew’s took part in the thirtieth graduation ceremony of the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) on 10 May. On a beautiful Sydney morning, around 600 people attended the Great Hall of the University of Sydney to celebrate the academic achievements of 172 graduates from the seven member institutions of the SCD and its affiliates. The various degrees and awards were presented by the President of the SCD Council, Mr Peter King.

A distinct honour for St Andrew’s in particular was the presentation of two academic prizes to one of its own graduating students, Stefan Mastilovic from New Zealand. He was the recipient of the Dianne Feeney Memorial Prize for gaining the highest level of achievement in the Bachelor of Theology pass degree among all of this year’s graduates, and well as the recipient of the Rev. Dr Brian Murray Memorial Prize for the highest level of achievement in the discipline of theology specifically. Stefan is the fourth recipient of the Dianne Feeney Prize to have studied at St Andrew’s since the prize was established by the SCD more than two decades ago.

The graduates from St Andrew’s were Archdeacon Siluan Mrakic (Master of Theology), George Tsikritsakis (Master of Arts), Theodoros Dimitrios (Graduate Certificate in Arts in absentia), Rev. Prohoros Anastasiadis (Bachelor of Theology), Stefan Mastilovic (Bachelor of Theology), Rev. Evangelos Thiani (Bachelor of Theology in absentia), Deacon George Vrionis (Assoc. Degree of Christian Thought and Practice), Con Farrugia (Diploma of Christian Studies) and Chrysovalantis Sideris (Diploma of Christian Studies in absentia).

The Occasional Address was delivered by Prof. Anne Cummins, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching) of the Australian Catholic University. St Andrew’s was represented in the academic procession by His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias, Prof. Angelo Karantonis, Dr Gregory Fox and Dr Philip Kariatlis, with Rev. Constantine Varipatis and Mr Dimitri Kepreotes also in attendance.

The latest group of graduates brought to 126 the total number of graduates – receiving 154 SCD degrees and awards at various levels, but primarily the Bachelor of Theology – since St Andrew's opened in 1986.