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Commencement at Northeastern

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 1:30 pm ET.

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Today's Graduates join over 500 Northeastern Seminary alumni ministering around the nation and world. Representing over 30 different Christian faith traditions they share in the mission of God through innovative approaches to ministry, engagement of their cultural context, perseverance in the face of challenges, excellence in biblical preaching and worship, and transformation of self and others through spiritual formation. Since opening its doors in 1998, the Seminary has continued to grow in prominence as an independent, multi-denominational seminary and as a significant resource for the Church community in upstate New York.

Northeastern Seminary's Commencement Ceremony will be held in Hale Auditorium in the Cultural Life Center on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College.

Parking will be available in Lot A, located off of Orchard Street behind Pearce Memorial Church. Accessible parking is also available on the lower level of the Cultural Life Center.

12 pm |  Doors Open  

1:15 pm | Ceremony Live Stream Begins - Live Streaming will be available on Northeastern Seminary’s website. 

1:30 pm | Ceremony Begins

3:00 pm | Ceremony Ends

Questions? Please contact Maria Gilluly at 585.594.6807 or

Commencement Livestream

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rebecca S. Letterman grew up as the daughter of a Pentecostal minister and sensed a call to full-time ministry as a child. She is now an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church (Genesis Conference).

Dr. Letterman began her formal Christian spiritual formation studies in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with Dr. Adrian van Kaam, founder of the field of Formative Spirituality, and his colleague Dr. Susan Muto. After completing an Advanced Certification Program in Formative Spirituality, Dr. Letterman served at the academy as an adjunct teacher in the program and recently coauthored with Dr. Muto a basic introduction to van Kaam’s work.

In 2006 her family moved to Rochester, and thus began her relationship with Northeastern Seminary, where she currently teaches Formative Spirituality courses and guides the spiritual formation components of the curriculum. She is a founding member and volunteer clergyperson at Community of the Savior, Mt. Hope, where she regularly preaches, celebrates Eucharist, plans and leads liturgies, and cantors, and serves in healing prayer ministry.

Dr. Letterman’s vocation focuses on bridging formative faith traditions – whether across time or across cultures – in order to foster respect for diversity, while at the same time nurturing unity among Judeo-Christian faith communities that are seeking to live in a vital relationship with God, one another, and the wider world.

We are proud of each graduate!