Convocation

The 2022 Convocation will be held June 3 at 5:00 pm. Speaking will be former Associate Dean Yvonne Gilmore, who is Interim Administrative Secretary of the National Convocation and Associate General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Festivities begin around 3pm outdoors and they will end with dessert and toasts after the service.

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The first DDH Convocation was held in 1933. Recent speakers have included Larry Bouchard, Don Browning, Frank Burch Brown, J. Marshall Dunn, W. Clark Gilpin, Ana Gobledale, Allen Harris, Claudia Highbaugh, Pamela James Jones, Sandhya Rani Jha, Verity Jones, JoAnne Kagiwada, Angela Kaufman, Hubert Locke, Daisy Machado, Holly McKissick, Mark Miller-McLemore, Lee Hull Moses, Teresa Hord Owens, Stephanie Paulsell, David Vargas, Clark Williamson, and Geunhee Yu.

Convocation is a formal service that marks the end of the academic year and celebrates the achievements of graduating Disciples House Scholars and ecumenical community members. Convocation is held in the Chapel of the Holy Grail on the last Friday of the spring quarter and in conjunction with Divinity School and University Convocation festivities.

A Convocation of Joy 2021

On September 17 and 18, DDH’s 2020 and 2021 graduates returned for a delayed Convocation. The festivities provided a spirited welcome for new and returning students as well as the graduates. On Friday evening, a DDH StoryHour, hosted by alumnae Rebecca Anderson and Yvonne Gilmore, filled the courtyard with laughter and music. At the Saturday morning Convocation service, Marshall Dunn, an alumnus and trustee who is minister emeritus of University Christian Church in Hyattsville, Maryland, spoke about “The Joy of Jesus.”

Fanfare for Graduates 2020

DDH celebrated graduation and the close of its 125th academic year on June 12, 2020. Due to pandemic conditions, the fanfare for the graduates took place remotely. About 70 individuals gathered via Zoom to celebrate the graduates.

Picture yourselves seated in the Chapel of the Holy Grail light dancing on the polished tile floor. In front of you in the chancel window are those dreamers, the knights questing after the Holy Grail: Sir Galahad, Sir Percivale, Sir Bors....

Lean your heads back and look up.... On that azure sky of a ceiling, the chalices and patens fly away from the chancel, out of the chapel, into the world. They, like you graduates, fly to the fearful and grieving, to the raging and righteous, to seekers of salvation, to lovers and knowers; to congregations, hospitals, seminar rooms, street corners, protests, courtrooms. They fly to the whole world.

Graduates, these past years you have been preparing for extraordinary vocations with lessons learned in a familiar place that has now become strange. We send you out, not with answers, but with questions both practiced and made strange. How will you enter into your own selves? Acknowledge your own fears? Inhabit your own dreams? How does one go out into the whole world? What does it mean that safety cannot be taken for granted?

Graduates, be brave and winsome; be wise; be savvy; be full of heart, mind, and soul. May these questions continue to shape and to haunt you. May you always receive the gift of sharing life with others as unexpected, as grace. And may you always keep good comrades on the journey.  
- From remarks by Dean Kris Culp, 12 June 2020