Atlanta Mayor Kasim ReedAtlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will deliver the keynote address at the Opening Convocation of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. in Cannon Chapel on the Emory campus.

An active United Methodist layperson and a member of the Cascade United Methodist Church, Reed is expected to welcome Candler’s incoming class of 197 theology students, recognize Candler’s deep commitment through its Contextual Education Program to community engagement in Atlanta, and acknowledge the work of Candler’s more than 7,000 alumni. Seventy percent of Candler’s graduates serve as pastors in churches; others minister in colleges, hospitals, the military, and social service organizations. Candler is one of 13 United Methodist Church seminaries with a total enrollment of 500 students representing 50 denominations. The convocation ceremony is a long-held university tradition that signals the formal start of the academic year.