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Lee Arrendale State Prison Hosts Graduation 

On Friday, May 3, 2019, a graduation ceremony was held at Lee Arrendale State Prison, recognizing offenders participating in the Theological Studies program. Twenty-four students graduated earning certificates in Theological Studies and of those, eight received advanced certificates.

“The Theological Studies Program equips offenders with academic and leadership skills that will benefit them upon re-entering society,” said Commissioner Timothy C. Ward. “We are thankful for the partnerships that help make our mission a reality.”

Offenders who participate in the program gain a skillset for spiritual leadership and cultivate academic skills, while studying a range of various theological disciplines. In the advanced level, students must complete a research and writing class, four or more additional electives and a research project of their design.

The Certificate in Theological Students was first established in 2009 by the Chaplaincy Department at the former Metro State Prison and the Atlanta Theological Association. The Association is comprised of Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Columbia Theological Seminary, the Interdenominational Theological Center and the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. For more information on the program, please visit

This is a press release from the Georgia Department of Corrections.

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  1. It is nice to give them a chance, because some really want to do something meaningful with their lives, regardless some mistakes that put them right where they are.


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