I graduated from Duke University in December of 2012 with the Doctor of Theology (ThD) degree. Because there is no December commencement, I traveled back to campus this past spring to take part in the graduation exercises. (My wife Emily was not able to go because of the birth of our twins a few weeks prior–a unfortunate hindrance for us, although the twins are doing great!) The baccalaureate service for Duke Divinity School was on Saturday the 11th, and the university commencement service was on Sunday the 12th. It was a wonderful milestone to mark in my vocational and professional life. Below are some photos that mark the occasion.

Denise Thorpe, Andrew Thompson, and Heather Vacek, at the ThD brunch on May 10, 2013. We were the three graduates of the ThD program this year.

Denise Thorpe, Andrew Thompson, and Heather Vacek, at the ThD brunch on May 10, 2013. We were the three graduates of the ThD program this year.

My hooding at the Duke Divinity School baccalaureate service. I was honored to be hooded by my doctoral advisor, Prof. Richard Heitzenrater. Photo courtesy of Franklin Golden

My hooding at the Duke Divinity School baccalaureate service. I was honored to be hooded by my doctoral advisor, Prof. Richard Heitzenrater. Photo courtesy of Franklin Golden.

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Jeff Conklin-Miller, Andrew Thompson, and Heather Vacek

Randy Maddox and Andrew Thompson

Randy Maddox and Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson and Warren Smith

Andrew Thompson and Warren Smith

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My seat at the commencement service on Sunday, May 12th. I served as the ThD marshal at the ceremony in Wallace Wade Stadium on Duke’s campus. The commencement speaker this year was Mrs. Melinda Gates.

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Our ThD placard at the commencement gathering location.