Diploma Etiquette

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  1. Rhetorician

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    Hey Gang,

    I need some help. Is there any such thing as "Diploma Etiquette?" What I mean by the question is this. I have a "Diploma of Theology" from Mid America Baptist Seminary that was changed to an "Associate of Divinity." Can I hang these two together, or no? I also have a "BS" from the old Mid South Bible College. When it changed its name from MSBC to Crichton College I got a new diplima also. Can I hang both of them side by side. I do not want to mislead anyone. Would it be appropriate?

    The reason I ask is that I know a dean at a Baptist College who has the old "Bachelor of Divinity" and the newer "Master of Divinity" (both are the same degree but were changed over similar to my degree circumstances). Can someone give me some opinions on the protocol or etiquette of this small matter?

    What about it Broadus, UZTHD, and Dr. Bob? I need a little help please.

    sdg!

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  2. UZThD

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    Why not?

    My wife and I tonight go to dinner on a two for one coupon!

    And Western took my MA work toward the MDiv equivalency (prepatory to ThM) so I really didn't do all normally expected for both MA and MDiv degrees.

    So , yes. Hang them both.

    Na, on second thought that'd be deceptive, not so?

    Well, then, here's your solution: Hang both. Then from one dangle a big sign that says you got them both for the SAME work. See, that will prove your honesty to all who view them on the wall. [​IMG]
     
  3. Dr. Bob

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    I see no problem in it. I have a B.A. in Bible/Pastoral/Language with work at Pillsbury and Maranatha BBC.

    A few years later, I went to the University of Wisconsin and they threw out 24 credits of my Bible major (kept some as lit/Hebrew History) and then said "get a new major" and we will be happy.

    So took 18 credits in history (added to what I had) for a new major, and a couple classes in Russian education (the reason I went to the UW) doing a 3 credit afternoon/3 credit evening every Tuesday. In 4 semesters, 1 day a week, I had a B.S. degree from UW.

    I hang both degrees, even though a good portion of credits applied to each.
     
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    These are diploma/certificate courses and not a "degree" per se. What would be wrong would be to claim "I have a theology degree from . . ." Or "I have an Associate degree from . . . "

    But I would not hang THEM together; one replaces the other. Hang the one of your choice next to the real baccalaureate degree with pride.
     
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    UZThD, did Western actually give you an MDiv diploma for MDiv equivalency? If so, I'm kind of jealous, ha, ha. Ashland Theological Seminary gave me MDiv equivalency for an M.A.R., 30 credits toward an MDiv and an MSW. when I applied for their DMin program- -but alas, no MDiv diploma.
     
  6. Broadus

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    I hate to be the naysayer, but IMO, if a diploma replaces a previous one, I would display only the one which came later. And my opinion is worth about what you paid for it!

    Blessings,
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    I have always wondered whether you should hang your diplomas at your office or in your home.

    By Geroge, since you have two (similar) diplomas, hang one in the church office and one at your home!!
     
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  9. Rhetorician

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    Broadus,

    How can you be a naysayer when I asked for your opinion?

    sdg!

    rd
     
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    In the spirit of compromise (GASP) you could get a nice framing job where the two diplomas were put in the same frame. If the newer diploma overlapped the older that would communicate that there is more to the story. Add two pictures of the school corresponding to when the two diplomas were issued and you might just have yourself a conversation piece!
     
  11. PatsFan

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    Great idea! Some seminary bookstores actually sell frames that hold two diplomas. That could be a solution.
     

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