Donald Moore refused to give into cancer while completing his studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Tomorrow morning, Moore will be among the students who will receive degrees in the seminary’s fall commencement ceremony at Travis Avenue Baptist Church.

The ceremony, traditionally referred to as a “commissioning service,” begins at 10 a.m. at the church, located at 3041 Travis Avenue in Fort Worth. The public and media are invited to attend.

Moore has been battling cancer since November 2003 and has been treated at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Moore’s wife, Julia, said her husband was committed to finishing his degree. Donald and Julia Moore have five children.

The seminary will award degrees to 282 students from 29 states and 12 foreign countries, including Botswana, S. Korea, Ukraine, Brazil, Indonesia, the Cayman Islands, India, Taiwan, Italy, Canada and Malaysia.

Twenty-five students will receive doctoral degrees. Southwestern Seminary, according to a recent study by Auburn Theological Seminary in New York, ranked fifth among providers of faculty members with doctorates in theological education. The seminary was outranked by the University of Chicago Divinity School and Havard, Yale and Princeton universities.

Since its founding in 1908, Southwestern Seminary has enrolled more than 69,000 students. More than 38,000 have graduated.