The Sixty Ninth Commencement of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology took place on the school's campus on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The festivities began the evening before with Great Vespers and Stavrophoria in Holy Cross Chapel, presided over by Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America. The Stavrophoria is the celebration of granting large school crosses to graduates of Holy Cross.
Commencement Day began with Matins and an Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios. Commencement followed in The Pappas Auditorium. As is usual each year, graduates, faculty, hierarchs, the honorary degree recipient and clergy marched from Dowd Hall to The Pappas Auditorium led by banners and an icon of the Resurrection. Fortunately, the day dawned warm and sunny, a wonderful change from the weather that enveloped New England for the previous week.
Hellenic College conferred the degree of Bachelor of Arts on fifteen graduates: Adina Afendoulis (Valedictorian), Lydia Bryant, Ryan Collins, Dn. Shewet Demowez, Fassem El Massih, Katerina Giovos, Danielle Hillas, Stephan Kakis, Konstantinos Kollias, Nikolas Kyritsis, Jonathan McClish, Katherine Nunez-Aragon, Alexander Orphanos, Arielle Tselikis and Anthony Velardocchia.
Hellenic College Class of 2011 (standing). Seated, L to R, Hellenic College Dean Dr. Demetrios Katos, HCHC President Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou, Honorary Degree Recipient Dr. Christos Yannaras, Archbishop Demetrios, Metropolitan Methodios, Trustees Vice Chairman Dr. Thomas Lelon
Adina Afendoulis was the College valedictorian. A native of Rumania, she had worked as a scientist before coming to Hellenic College where she majored in management and leadership studies.
Hellenic College Valedictorian Adina Afendoulis
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology graduated forty four students. Thirty received the Master of Divinity degree: Deacon Yanni Afendoulis, Thomas Alajakis, Nicholas Anton, V. Rev. Demetrios Antonopoulos, George Athanasiou, Deacon Ion Coman (valedictorian), Eleftherios Constantine, George Spiro Demas, Jason Dickey, Christopher Fahlbeck, Michael Gavrilos, Georgios Giavris, Deacon John Hayden Haby, Nicole Hillas, Styliane Hondros, Andrew Horvath, Deacon David Hostetler, Rev. Perikles Demetris Kallis, Demetrios Kazakis, Gregory Kearns, V. Rev. Anthimos Konstantopoulos, Rev. Dimitri Kyritsis, Deacon Eric Michael Marcantoni, Claude Meirthew, Konstantine Pietronuto, Andonios Prayannis, Jonathan Resmini, Jacob Saylor, Rev. Milad Selim, Deacon Haralambos Spaliatsos. Eight recieved the Master of Theological Studies degree: John Taylor Carr, Elizabeth Constantine, Kristin Dwyer, Athanasios Murphree, Rev. Dickson Nganga, Michael Saur, George Stefanides, Amanda Whisenant. Six received the Master of Theology degree: Ioan Leonte, Christy Ma, V. Rev. Jovan Stanojevic, Rev. Evangelos Thiani, Christopher Tsichlis, Konstantinos Vasilakis.
Holy Cross Class of 2011 (standing). Seated, L to R, Holy Cross Dean The Rev. Dr. Thomas FitzGerald, Bishop Ilias Katre, HCHC President the Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou, Consul General of Greece in Boston Mr. Ilias Fotopoulos, Honorary Degree Recipient Dr. Christos Yannaras, Archbishop Demetrios, Metropolitan Methodios, Trustees Vice Chairman Dr. Thomas Lelon, Bishop Anthimos, Bishop Demetrios.
Deacon Ion Coman was Holy Cross valedictorian for 2011. He came to Holy Cross after a career in engineering.
Deacon Ion Coman, Holy Cross valedictorian for 2011.
The college and graduate school of theology this year had some very unusual connections at graduation. Deacon Yanni Afendoulis graduated from Holy Cross and his wife, Adina, from Hellenic College. Deacon Michael Marcantoni graduated from Holy Cross and his wife, Katherine, from Hellenic College. The Rev. Dimitri Kyritsis graduated from Holy Cross and his son Nikolas, from Hellenic College.
Below is a list of upcoming events at Hellenic College Holy Cross. For a complete list, please refer to our Campus Calendar.