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IBS Honors 2023 Graduates

Faculty, students, trustees, and friends of the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) gathered on May 19 to celebrate the graduating class of 2023 at the Jodo Shinshu Center (JSC) in Berkeley, California.


The event was also a chance to honor Dr. Richard Payne, who is retiring in June, and Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst, who is stepping down as faculty member. Dean Scott Mitchell presented both with plaques, awarding each with the title of Professor Emeritus.


Dr. Payne also delivered the commencement address on a reflection on impermanence, the nature of being, and the importance of academic study.


Dean Mitchell acknowledged the 2023 graduates, and conferred degrees and certificates to the following students:


2023 Degree Graduates


Nisha Rajani Shah — Master of Divinity

Austin Kogen Keith — GTU Master of Arts

Kaitlyn Kongo Mascher-Mace — Master of Divinity

Ko'e Umezu — Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies


2023 Certificates


James William Farewell — Soto Zen Buddhist Studies Certificate

Michael Jones — Shin Buddhist Studies Certificate

Wayne Anthony Taylor — Certificate in Buddhist Studies


Special Recognition was given to William M.H Shih for the successful completion of the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA)/Exchange program.


Conferral of degrees was followed by a reception. Dr. Payne, Rev. Dr. Kinst and graduates received Hawaiian leis, and attendees gathered in the lobby for sushi and cake.


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