You were made for this.

Your last year at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary looked a little bit different than the others. When you began your time here, you probably didn't imagine you'd spend most of your last semester separated from your peers and professors and learning exclusively online. No one could have predicted how different things would look this semester. But you faced each rising challenge with resolve and tenacity and built an even stronger bond to each other and to Jesus Christ.

Now, at the culmination of all your hard work, you are ready for what's next. You chose GRTS because you wanted to go deeper into the heart of Christ, and now you are ready to transform the hearts and minds of others. You have gained the education and competency you need to go forward. You are ready to influence the global church in new and innovative ways and engage with God's people in ways you never thought possible.

Commencement 2020 Program

Commencement Videos

This year, we would like to continue our tradition of honoring faculty, graduates and alumni who have done outstanding work to further the mission of GRTS.

Watch the videos below for a message from the president, faculty and alumni awards and a message from your valedictorian. To see the full video playlist, click the menu button located in the upper right-hand corner of the video player.

Graduation Awards

This year, we honor several students and faculty who have given their all during their time at Cornerstone. Watch the video below to view more about this year's award recipients.

Award Recipients

  • Baker Book House: Dylan Kern
  • Zondervan Theology Award: Jacob Hafler
  • Leon J. Wood: Jessica Rowland
  • Carl B. Hoch, Jr.: Jennifer McCormick-Bridgewater
  • Strauss Expository Preaching: Andrew Honeycutt
  • Nickolai Wiens Pastoral: John Hicks
  • William Clarence Hass: Erika Mariglia
  • Owen John Lydecker Memorial: Jennifer McCormick-Bridgewater
  • Educational Ministries: Jessica Rowland
  • Counseling: Nick Van Zalen
  • Counseling: Carol Ann McConnell
  • Urban Cohort—Academic: Sharon Pasciak
  • Urban Cohort—Community: Dorla Bonner
  • President's: Bailie Rouse
  • Academic Dean's: Jennifer McCormick-Bridgewater

Class of 2020 Graduates