Brookline, MA – Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology held its sixty-sixth commencement on Saturday, May 17, 2008, which was attended by nearly 500 people including His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, His Grace Bishop Anthimos of Olympos, Right Reverend Ilia Katre Bishop of Philimelion, His Grace Bishop Savas of Troas, Chancellor of the Archdiocese and members of the Board of Trustees. At the ceremony, Hellenic College graduated twenty-one individuals, several of whom will be continuing their education at Holy Cross. The School of Theology conferred upon forty-two individuals Masters Degrees in Theological Studies, Theology and Divinity. Nineteen of the twenty-five graduates who received a Master of Divinity degree, will eventually be serving as clergy in the Greek Orthodox Church.
The Invocation was presented by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, who also presided over the Orthos and Hierarchal Liturgy earlier that morning and Great Vespers and Stavrophoria the night before, where seniors received their crosses.
In his salutation, Rev. Nicholas C. Triantafilou, President of Hellenic College & Holy Cross, said, “Indeed, we praise God for the sterling students who dedicate their lives to deepening their understanding of God’s revelation. We praise Him for the pilgrimages that you, the members of the Class of 2008 – both you of Hellenic College and you of Holy Cross - are now completing.”
Christine Karavites and Valerie Roumeliotes, representing the National Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, greeted those in attendance and announced a gift of over $40,000 to support the school.
The valedictorian addresses were given by Nichalas March of Holy Cross and Lorena Vangjeli of Hellenic College, who told her classmates, “Do good and achieve greatness for others, and for God! Then it is true greatness that will shine forth from you and that you will be remembered by.”
Michael Jaharis gave the Commencement Address and shared with the graduates, “In many ways you, the graduates of HCHC, will be the Ambassadors of Orthodoxy and Hellenism, preserving our legacy, our faith and values to our community, to future generations, and to people of other cultural and religious backgrounds. In addition, you will be assistants to and builders of the various ministries of the Church.” Michael Jaharis, along with his wife Mary, also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, and together they announced a $5 million gift to the school, the single largest gift in Hellenic College and Holy Cross history.
Earlier in the week the alumni association held several events to honor the classes of 1958 and 1983 and dedicated a Memorial Wall, adjacent to the Chapel.
The commencement ceremony brings to a close the 70th year of Holy Cross and begins the 40th Anniversary celebration of Hellenic College.
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