On 10 September, 2012 in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the Opening Ceremony for the 2012-2012 Academic Year of the Gevorgian Theological Seminary was held, with the participation of the members of the Brotherhood of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, faculty of the Seminary, and seminarians.
Following the Lord’s prayer and singing of the hymns of the Republic of Armenia and the Seminary, His Grace Bishop Gevorg Saroyan, Dean of the Religious Educational Institutions of the Mother See gave opening remarks. His Grace stated that the Seminary is progressing as an institution of higher learning that will grant all levels of advanced degrees, freeing graduates from having to seek further education abroad, thus allowing graduates to conduct work and research in Armenia, enriching the heritage of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Bishop Gevorg expressed his gratitude to the administration, staff and students of the Seminary for their devoted, continuous and sincere work and encouraged them to remain steadfast in their faith, conveying love to continue in their mission.
During the opened the seminarians performed traditional folk songs and recitations for the audience. His Grace Bishop Hovakim Manoukian, the Director of the Department of Inter-Church Relations, made remarks on behalf of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin. He congratulated everyone on the occasion of the new academic year and wished the seminarians unlimited energy, new achievements and successes.
This academic year the Gevorgian Theological Seminary has accepted 22 new students. The Seminary has 129 students in total and 19 clergy and 34 lay lecturers.