A few weeks ago, my family and I celebrated my graduation (2nd time) from Fuller Seminary, this time with a Doctor of Ministry degree I’ve been working on for 8 years.  It represents the end of a long academic journey full of many sleepless nights and a lot of hard work. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have had to be challenged, broadened, deepened, and sharpened through the experience.


Joy, this is your day too!  You sacrificed so much in these 8 years of me studying on top of work.  I traveled for courses, research, and writing retreats and always had projects hanging over my head. This always meant more responsibility for you.  Thanks for making this possible with all your hard work and sacrifice!  In this photo, the stole I am wearing is Kente fabric from Ghana to delight my Ghanaian colleagues at IJM. Kente is the central metaphor for the Bible that I used in my doctoral project: The Justice Thread


Fuller graduated over 600 students amid various programs with almost 4,000 people in attendance. It was fun to see each professor wearing the academic regalia from their alma matter.  Such a wonderous variety!


I had the great honor and priveledge to be one of four student speakers at commencement, each of us interviewed as we received our diplomas. The four of us are pictured here with Mark and Janet Labberton. Mark is the President of Fuller Seminary and was my content reader (Academic supervisor/mentor) for my doctoral work and has a passion for biblical justice and has written some great books you should read such as “The Dangerous Act of Worship.”

You can watch my reflections in the video below…


My son Peter giving me some love.

A brief slideshow from the commencement ceremony…

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The day before the commencement (which was for all programs in the entire seminary) was a much smaller “hooding ceremony” for Doctor of Ministry graduates.  I’ve included some photos from that below…

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The big moment: receiving my doctoral hood! I was touched that Mark Labberton (who was my content reader/supervisor) made it to the ceremony to put on my hood. He is the reason I was able to continue my DMin from Ghana. I am so grateful for his positive influence in my life.

It was so great to have a cheering section at the ceremony, just like they cheer me on in life.  My sisters and their families, my parents, and Joy’s Mom and sister all made it.  For my older sister, it was a long trek down from Sacramento.  Thanks everyone for coming!


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2 thoughts on “GRADUATION

  1. Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful!
    Also a wonderful expression of gratitude and thankfulness!
    Blessings on you all!


  2. Congratulations, Matt (and Joy and kids!)

    It has been a long road, well done. May you be full of peace as you move forward into whatever your new chapter holds.




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