Event honoring the Rev. Pennington and the Rev. Crummell

Event time: 
Thursday, September 14, 2023 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Battell Chapel (BATTELL) See map
400 College Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

On September 14, 2023, Yale University and Divinity School will honor the Reverend James W. C. Pennington ’23 M.A.H. and the Reverend Alexander Crummell ’23 M.A.H. You are cordially invited to attend the ceremony and the reception that will immediately follow.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the Reverend Pennington and the Reverend Crummell audited classes at Yale Divinity School. As Black men, they were allowed to sit in class but not to matriculate, access library resources, participate in class, or earn their degrees. Despite these injustices, both went on to become noted pastors and leaders. In April 2023, the Yale Board of Trustees voted to confer on them the M.A. Privatim degrees to recognize their work and honor their legacies.


Thursday, September 14, 2023

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Battell Chapel
400 College Street
New Haven, CT

5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Commons Dining Hall
Yale Schwarzman Center
168 Grove Street
New Haven, CT

The doors to Battell Chapel will open at 3:00 p.m. Seating is first come first serve. The event will also be livestreamed in Sprague Hall and through the event page: https://president.yale.edu/honoring-pennington-crummell

There will be a bag check for the event and reception. Bags 12” x 12” or larger in size will not be permitted. All bags are subject to search. Please visit the event page (https://president.yale.edu/honoring-pennington-crummell) for more information.