St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary has announced that the 2012 commencement address will be offered by His Grace Bishop John (Abdalah). Bishop John is the Auxiliary Bishop for Worcester and New England and the editor of the WORD magazine.
The Seminary's Commencement always takes place on the last weekend in May, coinciding with the annual Memorial Day Liturgy and festivities hosted by the Seminary. This year the ceremony falls on May 26.
Bishop John served as a priest of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America for 33 years and was Dean of St. George Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 16 of those years. The Seminary is also located in Pennsylvania, in the community of South Canaan.