This Week on the Hill: Winter commencement scheduled, Spring registration open

| Nov 10, 2020

"This Week on the Hill" is a weekly roundup of campus news, announcements, and events from Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College.

Election 2020: What happens next?

Last week on Ministry Now, Research Professor of Theology Malcolm Yarnell joined us to discuss how the church can move forward together, no matter the results of this month's election.

This week, SWBTS alumna Dr. Katie Frugé will be sharing with us about hunger in the United States, and about how you and your church can make a difference through hunger ministries.

Ministry Now is a resource from Southwestern Seminary, helping you live your calling in an ever-changing ministry landscape. Episodes air Thursdays at 10am CT on Facebook and YouTube Premiere.


Class registration now open

Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College can now register for Winter courses, 8-week courses, and the entire Spring 2021 semester. 

Visit to explore available classes.

Notice to full-time faculty and staff

The deadline to make your 2021 benefit selections is Wednesday, November 11th. Once Open Enrollment closes only a qualifying life event will allow for changes to your benefits. Your current benefits will end on 12/31/2020. Your benefits will NOT automatically continue.

NEW: Benefit open enrollment sign-up and changes are electronic. You can access the employee portal one of two ways:

Campus News

Southwestern Seminary to hold in-person commencement ceremony

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Scarborough College will hold an in-person commencement ceremony on Dec. 4 at 10:00 a.m. for both spring and fall 2020 graduates, President Adam W. Greenway announced today. 

“The central purpose for which Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College exists is to educate ministers of the Gospel for more faithful service,” Greenway said. “Celebrating the men and women who have completed their studies with an in-person commencement ceremony is a vital element of this institution’s mission. We will honor our graduates and commission them in their Gospel service, while also taking all appropriate precautions to minimize risk.”

The seminary had canceled its spring commencement ceremony last May due to COVID-19—the first such cancelation in the institution’s 112-year history. With proper precautions in place, however, the seminary’s leadership believes a fall commencement service is possible. 

“I’m thrilled that we will be able to have our fall graduation in person on the campus,” said Randy L. Stinson, provost and vice president for academic administration, who explained that the school will be taking “COVID-related precautions” that include social distancing, masks, hand sanitizer, and multiple viewing venues. 

Read more here.

Note: Spring graduates interested in taking part in this ceremony can register here.

Please welcome our newest team members:

  • Mr. Duane Danis, Associate VP of Facilities Planning and Management, Facilities
  • Officer Mitchale Felder, Police Officer, Campus Police
  • Welcome back to Sandy Mann, Executive Administrative Assistant to the V.P. for Business Administration