Twenty-three students were conferred with their respective degrees of Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Master of Divinity, Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry at the ITS Commencement Exercises on June 13, 2015 in Arcadia Presbyterian Church. The graduates represent 13 countries namely, Cameroon, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Micronesia, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea, Tanzania, Thailand, Taiwan and the United States. The ceremony was capped with the commissioning to the ministry of the Class of 2015.
The Most Rev. Dr. Ben Kwashi, Archbishop of Jos Province in the Church of Nigeria, delivered the commencement address. He underscored the necessity of following the cross of Christ in doing the ministry. He thanked God for ITS for the commitment to provide a training ground for students who received the call of God to make disciples of all nations.
The Rev. Dr. Barnabas Mtokambali , the General Superintendent of the Tanzania Assemblies of God, charged the graduates. He reminded the graduates to move on with a clear purpose in life and service. Dr. Mtokambali (MDiv 1994, ThM 2002) is an alumnus and Board member of ITS. Dr. Joseph Tong, ITS President-Emeritus and Mr. Evan Ellsworth, both members of the ITS Board, led in the commissioning prayer. A special prayer was offered for Nepal alumni who were affected by the recent earthquake. RajKumar Ranabhat was unable to attend his graduation and had to leave for Nepal immediately after successfully defending his Master of Theology thesis as his home and church were among those affected by the earthquake.
Guests, supporters and alumni from different nations were present to witness the occasion. To date, ITS has produced more than eight hundred graduates most of whom are serving in more than 40 nations all over the world.