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UPDATE 4/17/2020:

Dear Seminary Family,

After careful and prayerful consideration, the seminary administration and board have decided to host a virtual Commencement and broadcast it online on Saturday, May 30 at 10:00 am. (CDT).

We hope this virtual graduation will provide our graduates with an opportunity to celebrate their academic achievements in a timely manner. Along with the decision to have an online celebration, the seminary has invited the 2020 graduating class to participate in the 2021 May Commencement exercises.

While we are saddened by the inability to host a physical graduation this year, we know our sovereign God is not surprised by these events nor uncaring of those who have invested so much to earn a DTS degree. We look forward to celebrating and honoring our graduates’ achievements together on May 30. We hope you can join us.

Please join us in prayer that the ceremony would honor both God and our graduates and that our students would respond positively to this development as we seek to serve them in new and innovative ways.

In His service,
Mark L. Bailey, PhD

Update: 3/31/2020

Dear DTS family:

With the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic still spreading rapidly, the DTS leadership has made the difficult decision to postpone our spring commencement ceremony and surrounding graduation activities. While we have not officially chosen a new date for our 2020 commencement, we are exploring multiple future options and will let you know well in advance.  

We are deeply saddened to make this announcement, for we recognize that graduation is a special time of celebration in the lives of our students. Our DTS commencement is always a joyful experience that honors God and our graduates, and for staff and faculty it is the event we most look forward to each year. Therefore, please know we did not make this decision lightly. Our foremost consideration in postponing commencement was the health and safety of our students and their families as well as our staff and faculty.

When rescheduled, it is likely that our postponed commencement will look different from our traditional spring commencement, and we ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to find new solutions during these unprecedented times. As we move forward, additional announcements about commencement dates and time will be made on both and our official commencement page, We hope to have more details available in the weeks ahead.

For now, our fervent prayer is that God would bring an end to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in a timely manner, and spare our nation and the world from additional suffering and death. However, we know that during times of crisis and suffering people are often more open to the gospel message, and so we also pray that our students and graduates would be bold and effective in ministering to others and proclaiming the salvation that is only found in Christ Jesus.

Yours in His service,
Mark L. Bailey, PhD