United Theological Seminary


Larycia Hawkins, PhD, MPA, will give the commencement address on the theme “you were made for such a time as this.” A scholar, author, and speaker, Dr. Hawkins was a professor at Wheaton College when she declared solidarity with Muslims and was placed on administrative leave. The documentary, Same God, explores race, Islamaphobia and religious freedom through Dr. Hawkins’s story. Currently, Dr. Hawkins serves as the Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.