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Theologian, scholar JoAnne Marie Terrell to deliver 2016 commencement address at Beloit College

April 14, 2016
By Whitney Helm

BELOIT—JoAnne Marie Terrell, a theologian, reverend and scholar, will deliver the 2016 commencement address at Beloit College, President Scott Bierman announced today. Terrell, an associate professor of theology, ethics and the arts at Chicago Theological Seminary, was selected by the senior class officers at the college, and will address this year’s graduating class on May 15, 2016.

“I’m so pleased that Dr. Terrell has accepted our invitation,” Bierman said. “This is a unique opportunity to give this class and its members a final message of encouragement, as well as a final challenge. I look forward to her message and her company as we celebrate this class, their accomplishments, and all that lies ahead for them.”

Theologian, scholar JoAnne Marie Terrell to deliver 2016 commencement address at Beloit College 

A native of Springfield, Mass., Terrell is the author of Power in the Blood? The Cross in the African American Experience. Terrell, who appeared at Beloit in 2013 as a part of a visiting speaker series, graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion and Behavioral Science. She earned her Master of Divinity, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. In addition to her teaching and scholarship, she is Assistant Pastor of Greater Walters AME Zion Church.

Max Yeshaye Brumberg-Kraus, one of this year’s senior class officers, will introduce Terrell.

Approximately 300 graduates will receive their diplomas during the May 15 ceremony on the lawn in front of the college’s main administration building, Middle College. For more information on the 2016 commencement ceremony, visit