Convocation

Convocation is an annual celebration of the life of Berkeley and Yale Divinity Schools, held in October.

In recent times the week of Convocation has begun with Berkeley’s own Convocation events, including the annual Graduate Society luncheon, the Cheney Lecture (in an area related to pastoral theology) and Pitt Lecture (on preaching or related to global Christianity) in alternate years, and Evensong including conferral of honorary degrees.

In 2019 the Pitt Lecture was given by Professor Peter Hawkins. In 2018 the Cheney Lecture was given by Martin Seely, Bishop of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich and Chair of the Ministry Council, Church of England. 

In 2019 the honorary degrees were conferred on Mary Kate Wold (CEO and President of the Church Pension Group) and Professor Peter Hawkins. In 2018 the honorary degree was conferred on Martin Seely (Bishop of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich and Chair of the Ministry Council, Church of England). In 2017, the honorary degrees were conferred on Victoria Matthews (Bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand) and Griselda Delgado del Carpio (Bishop of Cuba).

Yale Divinity School Convocation and Reunions follow in the same week, including the Beecher Lectures, Alumni/ae awards, and other celebrations. More information about YDS Convocation is found here.