IBS Celebrates 2023 Commencement

Gesshin Claire Greenwood  |  May 22, 2023

On Friday, May 2023, faculty, students, trustees, and friends of the Institute of Buddhist Studies gathered to celebrate the graduating class of 2023.

This event was also a chance to honor Dr. Richard Payne, who is retiring this year, and Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst, who is stepping down as faculty member. Dean Scott Mitchell presented both of them with plaques awarding them the title of Professor Emeritus. Dr. Payne also delivered the Commencement Address, a reflection on impermanence, the nature of being, and the importance of academic study.

Following the appreciation of Dr. Payne and Rev. Dr. Kinst, Dean Scott 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

Amy 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 William M.H Shih for the successful completion of the DILA/IBS Exchange program

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