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Knox College and the Institute for Christian Studies Sign Historic Lease Agreement

ICS President Ronald A. Kuipers and Knox College Principal John A. Vissers

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that Knox College and the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS) announce the signing of a lease that will see ICS move its operations to the premises of Knox College, effective August 1, 2018. This initial lease is for a term of 5 years.

“We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to relocate our graduate school to the campus of Knox College,” said ICS President Ronald A. Kuipers. “This move not only helps us achieve greater cost certainty in a challenging real estate market, it also creates exciting opportunities for ICS faculty and students to work more closely with our colleagues at Knox.”

Knox College Principal John A. Vissers said, “Knox College is delighted to welcome ICS to its premises as an institution that shares a commitment to the Reformed tradition. We expect this agreement to benefit both schools economically, and to provide new opportunities for ICS and Knox to serve the church and the wider community.”   

ICS’s new location will be in the northeast wing of Knox College’s lower level, at the heart of the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus.

Knox College is a theological school of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, a federated College of the University of Toronto, and a founding member of the Toronto School of Theology, and it holds accreditation through the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

The Institute for Christian Studies is a community-supported graduate school in the Kuyperian stream of the Reformed tradition, and an affiliate member of the Toronto School of Theology. It operates under charter from the Government of Ontario to grant the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Philosophy, and the Master of Worldview Studies degree.

Rebecca Jess receives Chris Vais Community Award at Knox’s Graduand Celebration, March 16, 2018

Rebecca Jess, completing Knox College’s Master of Divinity program in May 2018, received the Chris Vais Community Award at Knox’s Graduand Celebration on Friday, March 18. The Chris Vais Community Award is presented to a theological student in his/her graduating year who has contributed to the Knox Community in an exceptional way by having a pastoral and community building influence on the College. Knox’s faculty, staff, and students elect each year’s recipient; Principal John Vissers presented the award.

Knox’s Graduand Celebration is an opportunity for College faculty, staff, and students to acknowledge and congratulate graduating students. 

Come celebrate with the graduands awarded their degrees at Knox’s 174th Convocation on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Find information about this year’s convocation events here.



Photos by Seta Ghougassian and Dong-Ha Kim.



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