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December 4, 2017

Roberts Celebrates Winter 2017 Commencement

Rev. Marlowe Washington of The Historic Parsells Church to Deliver Keynote Address

Roberts Wesleyan College will celebrate its winter commencement on Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center in the Andrews B. Hale Auditorium on campus, located at 2301 Westside Drive, Rochester N.Y. 14624. Nearly 150 students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees — as well as family members, friends, faculty and staff — will be on hand to celebrate. The master’s degree (61 students) and adult undergraduate bachelor’s degree (88 students) ceremony will take place at 10 a.m.

"We are thrilled to celebrate the graduation of our students and their successful completion of their degree programs,” President Deana L. Porterfield said. “We are confident that as they begin their next chapter, they will utilize their Roberts education for the improvement of not only their own careers but also for the good of their communities, neighborhoods and workplaces. Our graduates have been transformed by learning to connect their heads to their hearts and engage their hands in service to others."

The Rev. Dr. Marlowe V.N. Washington, an adjunct professor of religion at Roberts Wesleyan, will serve as the keynote speaker. He is the lead pastor at The Historic Parsells Church in Rochester.

The Bronx native brings over two decades of pastoral experience as well as a personal experience of poverty. He attended the public school system in New York City and graduated from St. Francis College in Brooklyn with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He attended New York Theological Seminary in Manhattan, where he received his Master of Divinity, and most recently received a doctorate in transformational leadership from Northeastern Seminary in 2016 on the subject “The Insidious Nature of Urban Poverty and the Recovery of the Progressive Mission of the Black Church.”

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