New student Armen Terjimanian was born and raised in Troy, MI, a suburb of Detroit, and grew up attending St. John Armenian Church in Southfield, MI. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Film & Video Studies and Political Science, and Columbia University with a master's degree in Journalism. After graduating from Columbia, he moved to Washington, DC, where he attended St. Mary Armenian Church. He is pursuing the joint Master of Divinity Program at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and St. Nersess Armenian Seminary.
In addition to Armen, six seminarians are continuing with their studies at St. Nersess this school year. Additionally, Razmig Kalanjian is pursuing his studies at the Seminary of Holy Etchmiadzin. While all the students are engaged in coursework during the academic year, seminarians are also required to spend their summers in educational programs, including: studying at Holy Etchmiadzin or Jerusalem, participating in a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, and working at a Diocesan or AGBU summer camp. Following their graduation, they spend a full year at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to complete their studies.