More than 70 students will graduate from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago on May 15 at 2:30 p.m. at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 South Woodlawn. Most of the graduates will go out to serve the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and churches around the world as rostered pastors, teachers and lay leaders. That day will also celebrate the ministries of those who graduated in 1955 from the schools that merged to form LSTC.
Dr. William Lazareth, Jerald C. Brauer Distinguished Professor in Lutheran Studies and professor of religion at Carthage College is the commencement speaker. Dr. Lazareth is one of the world's foremost Lutheran theologians who served as visiting professor at Princeton Theological Seminary and at Union Theological Seminary.
He served as Hagan Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean of the Faculty at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and as bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the ELCA. A prolific writer, Dr. Lazareth has published 13 books and scores of articles and reviews during his career. He earned his B.A. from Princeton, an M. Div. from LTSP and a Ph.D. from Columbia University - Union Theological Seminary.