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LSTC to celebrate 150th Commencement on May 16

Posted Jan 5, 2010

Nearly 70 students will graduate from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago when it holds its 150th commencement ceremony on May 16, 2010. Although LSTC has existed for only 48 years, it counts its number of graduating classes beginning with its oldest predecessor school, Augustana Lutheran Seminary.

Pastor Susan K. Ericsson will be the preacher at the commencement service to be held at 2:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5472 South Kimbark, Chicago. Pastor Ericsson is a leader in urban ministry who currently serves as senior pastor of Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Devon, Pa.

She graduated from Yale Divinity School after spending part of her senior year at LSTC. Ericsson served an inner city congregation in Detroit for 11 years before joining the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod staff as Assistant to the Bishop for Urban Ministry. During her 13 years in that position she worked with urban congregations and leaders in the synod’s redevelopment strategy.



Patti DeBias
Assistant to the President


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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