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Hellenic College - Holy Cross Recognizes Hellenes at Commencement Ceremony


Chicago, IL May 18, 2010 - The serene environment and the fullness of the spring flowers, with acres of beautifully cared for lawns, in Brookline MA were all ruffled by the buzz and excitement brought by the 68th Commencement Ceremony of the Hellenic College/ Holy Cross School of Theology that took place on Saturday, May 15 at the school grounds.


Over 500 people from all over the country attended the event to congratulate the graduates, in a festive and joyful atmosphere.  Thirty six students received a Masters degree in Theology and related studies and twelve students received a Bachelor of Arts degree after a 7 and 4 year study program respectively.


A special feature of the event was the conferral of honorary Doctorate Degrees to three individuals in recognition of their contributions to Hellenism, their philanthropic work and their support of the Church.  The three honorees and their respective degrees were:


Metropolitan Professor Dr. Gennadios of Sassima / Doctor of Divinity


Andrew A. Athens of Chicago, IL / Doctor of Humanities


Chris P. Tomaras of Chicago, IL / Doctor of Humanities


In his acceptance remarks and addressing the students, Mr. Tomaras pointed out that the ingredients for leadership and success are education combined with the values of Hellenism such as ethos, philotimo, integrity, philanthropia and self-respect, all of which are tied together and functioning under the guidance of the Church.


Mr. Athens referred to the living conditions of the Hellenes in Eastern Europe and his healthcare program for them there and reminded the students to always be mindful of their obligations to those in need.


Finally, Metropolitan Gennadios, addressing the students, referred to the significance of the Church and the Patriarchate while emphasizing to the graduates the power of the Faith in their careers. 


Officiating the ceremony was His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, assisted by the Vice Chairman Dr. Thomas Lelon while the President Rev. Nicholas Triantafillou conferred the degrees.  Attending the event were also His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos and other hierarchs, Supreme President of AHEPA Nicholas Karakostas, President of the National Greek Orthodox Philoptohos Society Aphrodite Skeadas and other dignitaries.