Dr. Pipa receives hood as Board
President Jeff Kingswood and Mrs.
Pipa look on.
On the eve of the Commencement, during the annual graduation banquet, Dr. Pipa received an academic hood with Greenville Seminary's official colors — green and silver. The hood was donated by an anonymous supporter.
During the Commencement Ceremony, Board President Jeff Kingswood preceded the 2015-16 faculty appointments with this announcement: "Those of you who understand the nuances of academic regalia will have noted that Dr. Pipa is not wearing his doctoral hood from Westminster but rather the doctoral hood of GPTS. This morning the Board of Trustees met, and it was unanimously agreed to confer upon Dr. Pipa the degree of Doctor of Divinity. This is not an academic degree. In years past it was conferred by the church on those who had made a significant and lasting contribution to the life of the Church of Jesus Christ. This would include unusual contributions in writing, leadership in the courts of the church, and in the preaching and teaching of the Word of God. In the opinion of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Pipa has made such contribution in all three of these areas and as such it is our real pleasure to confer upon him the degree; Doctor of Divinity."
Dr. Pipa received his B.A. from Belhaven College in 1968; M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in 1971; and Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia in 1985.
|Lowell and Mae Ivey, with daughter Geneva|
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