Photo Gallery: Commencement 2013

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.—Lao Tzu

On Thursday, May 30, Harvard Divinity School honored 109 new graduates (39 MDiv, 65 MTS, 3 ThD, and 2 ThM) as part of the School's Diploma Awarding Ceremony.

Below, view a selection of photos of HDS Commencement activities, held May 29-30. To view more images, be sure to check out the Commencement set on Flickr. All photos by Justin Knight.

Setterholm-Photo Gallery

1. Former pro surfing champion Mary Setterholm gives the "shaka" (or hang loose) sign after receiving her diploma on May 30.

Choir-Photo Gallery

2. Members of the HDS Commencement Choir perform during the Multireligious Service of Thanksgiving, held May 29 in the Memorial Church.

Students Sign-Photo Gallery

3. Graduating students outside the Memorial Church before the Diploma Awarding Ceremony on May 30.

Ruffin-Photo Gallery

4. David Ruffin and family examining his new Harvard diploma.

Students Steps-Photo Gallery

5. Students gather on the steps of the Memorial Church for the annual class photo.

Prelow-Photo Gallery

6. Arleigh Prelow poses for a number of well-wishers in Harvard Yard.

Goetz-Photo Gallery

7. Julia Whitcavitch-DeVoy, MTS '94, HDS Alumni/Alumnae Council vice chairperson (incoming chairperson); Samuel Nixon, MDiv '91, outgoing chairperson of the AAC; and Michael Goetz, associate director of development, annual giving and alumni relations.

Woessner-Photo Gallery

8. David Woessner participates with fellow graduates in a festive procession down the aisle of the Memorial Church during the Multireligious Service of Thanksgiving.

Battle-Photo Gallery

9. Jeremy Battle embraces Dean David Hempton as he receives his diploma.

Abraham-Photo Gallery

10. HDS professor Susan Abraham delivers the faculty address at the Multireligious Service of Thanksgiving.

11. Lily Oster and family during the Commencement Luncheon on May 30.

Teeter-Photo Gallery

12. HDS Dean David Hempton with fellow bow tie wearer D. Andrew Teeter, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at HDS.