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Yvonne Delk, Inez Dover to Speak at Commencement

The speakers at Andover Newton Theological School's 2015 commencement include a trailblazing alumna and a well-respected teacher turned minister.

Commencement Speaker: Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk (MARE '63)

The Rev. Dr. Yvonne Virginia Delk is a teacher, educator, preacher, executive, organizer and author. For more than 50 years, Dr. Delk has been a strong ally in the fight for human and civil rights for people of color, children, and the poor. Today, she remains a clear, prolific, and moral voice in search of justice and equality for the oppressed within the U.S. interfaith community.

Born in Norfolk, Va., Dr. Delk earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Norfolk State College in 1961; a Master’s degree in Religious Education from Andover Newton Theological School in 1963; and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary granted in 1978.  She served as a visiting professor at Andover Newton from 1969 through 1976 and on its Board of Trustees from 1970 to 1989.

Dr. Delk is the first African-American woman to be ordained in the United Church of Christ (1974); the first African-American woman to head a national instrumentality in the UCC, The Office for Church in Society (1981); the first woman to be nominated as a candidate for the Office of President of the UCC (1989); and the first woman and African-American Executive Director of the Community Renewal Society in Chicago (1990). Dr. Delk is also the Founding Director of the Center for African American Theological Education with the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE).

Student Speaker: Rev. Inez Eugenia Dover (MDiv '15)

The faculty selected the Rev. Ms. Inez Eugenia Dover as the 2015 Student Commencement Speaker, representing her graduating class and the ideals of Andover Newton Theological School.

Ms. Dover completed her undergraduate degree at Boston University in theater and English literature. She then taught English and Theater at Newton North High School for 37 years before beginning her Master of Divinity studies at Andover Newton. As a high school educator, Ms. Dover directed 30 plays and received numerous awards, including the prestigious MIT/Wellesley Teacher of the Year Upward Bound Program Award in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Rev. Dover serves as a member of the ministerial team at Myrtle Baptist Church as Minister of Worship and Arts. She was licensed to preach at Myrtle Baptist in 2011 and ordained in 2014. Ms. Dover and her husband Randolph, a retired teacher from the Boston Public Schools, have been married for 43 years. They are proud parents of Jenica, Renatta, and Kydani and have several grandchildren.

The faculty selected Ms. Dover because of her academic achievements, outstanding public speaking ability, and wise leadership in the Andover Newton community.

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