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Hellenic College Holy Cross 73rd Commencement Honors and Celebrates the Legacy of Retiring President, Reverend Nicholas C. Triantafilou

The 73rd Commencement weekend at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology was both celebratory and reflective as members of the Holy Eparchial Synod, dignitaries, donors, friends, and family of the Reverend Nicholas C. Triantafilou gathered to pay tribute to him for 15 years of exemplary service as president of the institution.

On Saturday morning, May 16, fifty-three graduates of Hellenic College and Holy Cross received their degrees at the Commencement exercises. Making the event more memorable for all attendees was the conferral of an honorary degree Doctor of Theology to Fr. Triantafilou.

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The day began with the traditional Orthros and Hierarchical Liturgy, celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America. Other hierarchs present included His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh, His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, His Grace Bishop Kyrillos of Abydos, and His Grace Bishop John of Worcester and New England, as well as Father Triantafilou. Following the service, the classes of 2015 made their way to the Pappas Gymnasium for the ceremonies. Protodeacon Nicholas Belcher, Dean of Students, served as marshal.

The Pappas Gymnasium was filled to capacity with the families and friends of graduating students, as well as members of the Holy Eparchial Synod, dignitaries, donors, friends, and family of Reverend Triantafilou who traveled from around the United States and North America to honor him.

Dr. Thomas C. Lelon, Vice Chair of the Hellenic College Holy Cross Board of Trustees, greeted the gathering by offering congratulations to the graduates and gratitude to Fr. Triantafilou for his tireless dedication to the institution. To the graduates, he concluded, “We pray you will pursue a Christ-centered life in service to others.”

Formal greetings were also given by the Honorable Iphigenia Kanara, Consul General of Greece in Boston, Maria Logus, Esq, President of the National Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, and George Tsandikos, Chairman of Leadership 100.

Representing their respective graduating classes as Valedictorians were Rachel Contos for Hellenic College, and Peter Hasiakos for Holy Cross. Their respective Deans, Demetrios Katos, PhD, and James Skedros, ThD, introduced these exemplary young scholars.

In accepting the honorary degree of Doctor of Theology honoris causa from His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Father Triantafilou began by saying, “It is humbling to receive this degree from where I attended and started my ministry. I wear this hood for all graduates past and present.” In closing, he addressed the graduates pastorally by saying,

“What we have as Orthodox Christians is not to be owned, but to be shared. Share the wealth!”

Bachelor of Arts degrees from Hellenic College were presented to Marios Adamakis, Ilias Andriopoulos, Nicholas Birbilis, Demetrios Constantine, Rachel Contos, Nikoletta Evangelatos, Hosea Hatmaji, Margaret Hutchinski, Anthony Jonas, Alexander Kamilaris, Alexander Karcher, Theodore Karcher, John Livick-Moses, David Maillis, Jenna Mason, Evangelia Palis, Mary Robinson, Demetrios Sarris, Peter Tarasidis, and George Tsougranis. 

Master of Theology Degrees from Holy Cross were presented to Jason Falcone, Maria Koulianos, and Dr. Magdi Salmon. Master of Theological Studies Degrees were presented to Nicholas Calibey, Frank Edelblut, Peter Pappalas, Nikki Stournaras, and Haralambos Zaharis. Receiving Master of Divinity Degrees were Dn. Gary Alexander, Michael Andrzejewski, Andrew Athanasiou, Andrew Calivas, Nikolas Delaveris, Kevin Edgecomb, Fr. Theodore Ehmer, Peter Hasiakos, Evagelos Karantonis, Dionysios Koulianos, Nicholas Lanzourakis, Fr. John Mamangakis, Michael Manos, Jonathan McClish, Brian McMullen, Dn. Demetre Mott, Nicholas Mueller, Michael Odegaard, Joshua Pappas, Sarah Robinson, Peter Romanovsky, Anthony Ruggerio, Steven Sarigianis, Emile Sarkis, Robert Shand, and Christian Siskos.

Certificates in Byzantine Music were awarded to Richard Barrett, Peter Hasiakos, Samuel Herron, Sarah Jenks, Irene Koulianos, Maria Diveris McMullen, Athanasios Minetos, Evangelia Palis, Nicholas Roumas, and Constantine Trumpower.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios conveyed congratulations to Fr. Triantafilou from His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and read a formal statement of recognition of Fr. Triantafilou’s achievements by the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.  Archbishop Demetrios emphasized to all, “This is a very significant document, a milestone.” His Eminence also gave special thanks to Leadership 100 and the National Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society for their unwavering support for Hellenic College Holy Cross during the 15 years of Fr. Triantafilou’s presidency.

Hellenic College Holy Cross is the intellectual, educational, and spiritual center of the Greek Orthodox Church in America. Hellenic College is the only fully accredited, four-year Orthodox Christian college in America. Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, founded in 1937, is the oldest and largest Orthodox Christian school of theology in America. The beautiful 52-acre campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross is perched on a scenic hilltop overlooking downtown Boston.