A degree congregation was held at St Paul’s cathedral Nicosia on 26th October, to admit four new Queen’s College graduates to the BTh in Discipleship and Ministry—Ray Elliott, Kevin Moore, the Revd Ian Nicholson and the Revd Charlie Lloyd-Evans (in absentia).
Archbishop Michael admitted the graduates, expressing his delight at being present on this special occasion, and his appreciation of the six years of hard work that had led to the awards. The occasion was set in the context of a service of Evening Prayer led by Director of Ministry Archdeacon Christopher at which the Archbishop preached, speaking of the importance of Wisdom and of recognising its source in Christ himself.
This was the second graduation ceremony to have been held in Cyprus as a result of the special link between Queen’s and the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf.
On this occasion the three graduands present were all from Cyprus, but students are following the course from throughout the Diocese.
A letter of congratulation from Queen’s College Provost Dr Joanne Mercer was read by Revd Dr John Holdsworth, a member of the Adjunct academic Faculty at Queen’s and lately Director of Ministry for the Diocese.
Dr Mercer reflected that the founders of Queen’s—established in 1841—would have been amazed to know that graduates of the College were being admitted four thousand miles away, but it was wonderful that despite that distance these new graduates were connected to Queen’s in a special way.