A little over two weeks ago, I became a proud Vanderbilt alumnus. From watching my friend and classmate Kyle Lambelet win the 93rd Founder's Medal for the Divinity School to shaking the dean's hand and receiving my own degree, I felt a deep sense of pride and gratitude swell within me throughout Commencement.
It is hard to believe in a few short days I will start my next journey as an associate minister at Plymouth United Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa, as a part of the Transition into Ministry program. As I prepare to move, I continue to realize how fortunate I am to have been able to study at Vanderbilt where I grew as a scholar and was challenged to become a prophetic minister. My Vanderbilt experience would not have been possible without the support of generous alumni/ae and friends like you.
In honor of my theological education, I have made my first annual gift to the Divinity School. In fact, 26 percent of the Class of 2012 made a gift in honor of our accomplishments. I know I can count on you to join me in making a gift to the Divinity School before Vanderbilt's fiscal year ends on June 30. With your gift, you are investing in the theological education of current students and future generations of religious leaders and scholars.
One hundred percent of the full-time students at the Divinity School receive financial assistance, and without your generous support, the investment the school is able to make in the lives and future ministry of its students is limited.
Your gift in any amount makes a real difference and will be put to work immediately to support the school's highest priorities and mission.
Thank you for your past support of Vanderbilt and the Divinity School. Your gifts have truly made a difference in my life!
Cameron Barr, MDiv'12