Prospective Students
Welcome Why Seminary? Admissions Financial Aid The Andover Newton Difference Study Programs Faculty Library Campus Life
Current Students Alumni and Friends Churches and Ministries Lifelong Learning Lifelong Learning

Baccalaureate 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

7:00 PM


Location: Eliot Church of Newton
474 Centre Street, Newton, MA
at the corner of Centre Street and Church Street.


The Baccalaureate Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, at The Eliot Church of Newton on Centre Street.  You have chosen Professor Mary Luti as the faculty speaker. As graduates you will gather in the Eliot Church Chapel Room no later than 6:30 p.m. on Friday to line up for the procession. The Chapel Room is off the hallway outside the forward doors from the sanctuary. Please wear your gowns, no caps. You will receive information from our Registrar, Nayda Aguila, through Enews regarding when you may pick up your caps and gowns (they should be in her office by end of April). Professor Bob Pazmiño is serving as the Faculty Marshal, and he will direct you, along with student and staff ushers. The reception that follows Baccalaureate will be in Upper Noyes. This event is free for you and your guests. Please let us know if you intend to come, and how many guests will be coming with you.  (Please RSVP at 

About the Speaker

Mary Luti The Rev. Dr. J. Mary Luti holds a B.A. in English Literature (1969) from Boston’s Emmanuel College (1969) and an M.A. in Theology (1980) from Boston College. She earned the Ph.D. in Theology with distinction from Boston College in 1988. She taught English at the high school and college levels in Boston, Miami, and Mexico City before coming to Andover Newton in 1984.

Dr. Luti taught in the departments of Church History and Church and Ministry from 1984-98. During this time she also served as Director of the Center for the Ministry of the Laity and as Associate Dean for Academic Programs, helping develop new M.A. programs and the school’s first evening and online courses.

In 2000, after serving for two years as a consultant for congregational development at South Church (UCC) in Springfield, MA, Dr. Luti was called as Senior Minister of First Church in Cambridge, Congregational (UCC) — its first woman pastor in 375 years of continuing congregational life.

Following an intense period of church visioning and renewal, Dr. Luti returned to The Hill in 2008 as Andover Newton’s Visiting Professor of Worship and Preaching and as Director of Wilson Chapel. Her teaching has centered on the many ways people of faith have sung, prayed, preached, shaped communities, and handed down the meaningful traditions of the Christian church over the centuries.

Dr. Luti is author of Teresa of Avila’s Way, a volume in the series “The Way of the Christian Mystics” (The Liturgial Press), and numerous articles on topics of Christian life. A sought-after conference speaker, workshop leader, and preacher, she was recognized for outstanding teaching by the United Church of Christ at its 2011 General Synod.

Parking for Baccalaureate: 

Maps to parking will be available at the Dabney Hall front desk, in the box on Frank Novo’s (Housing Office) door, and in Nayda Aguila’s (Registrar) office.  The church has a very small lot which will be reserved for those who have reserved accessible parking.  (If you need accessible parking please email Frank Novo at
However there is ample additional parking very near the church:

  1. Church Street: there is free parking along the side of Church Street, adjacent to Eliot Church
  2. Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home parking lot, across the street from the church (465 Centre St.)
  3. Municipal parking lot: Drive just past the church (coming from campus) and turn left on Richardson Street.  The lot is there on the right and has meters costing $.25/hour.
  4. Crowne Plaza Hotel Parking Garage, 320 Washington Street (about 1 block from the church).  The garage has 6 levels of parking and costs $4.00/hour to park. Driving directions may be found here

  Spring Commencement 2012 events:

  1. Senior Chapel
  2. Baccalaureate
  3. Commencement

« Spring Convocation | Commencement Exercises »