On Saturday May 12th, Cummins Memorial Theological Seminary held its 2017 Commencement at Bethel AME Church in Summerville. The Commencement speaker was Bishop Mark J. Lawrence, XIV Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina. The seminary had five graduates this year: Burnie Mae Barnes, SanRoman King, Anna Marie Spells, Nadine M. Stanley, and Syphio Whack.
On the prior evening, a banquet was held at the Wyndham Hotel in Summerville where a $50,000 challenge match grant from an anonymous donor was announced.
Photo, left to right: Syphio Whack, Nadine Stanley, SanRoman King, Anna Marie Spells, Burnie Mae Barnes.