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Luke Zerra

Alumni Profile
Department: Humanities

Majors: Philosophy/Religion and History

When Luke Zerra graduated from Flagler College, he was faced with a tough choice. Three different graduate schools were in pursuit, each offering full tuition and teaching assistantships.

It’s not difficult to see why. During his senior year at Flagler, Luke—a Massachusetts native who was raised in Ormond Beach, Fla.—was well known as a high achiever. He double majored in philosophy/religion and history. He was also awarded the Flagler College Distinguished Student Award in philosophy/religion as well as an Academic Achievement Award in humanities, and even before he tried on his cap and gown he’d had an academic paper accepted for presentation at the “Ways of Knowing” conference at Harvard Divinity School.

But after examining all his options and considering the opportunities he would have at each institution to pursue the kinds of work he loved, he made the commitment to a seminary fellowship at the renowned Princeton Theological Seminary, the second-oldest seminary in the United States.

Zerra says he was a little intimidated, but he credits his time at Flagler with helping him build the foundation he needed to succeed at such a prestigious graduate school.

“Studying religion at Flagler allowed me the space to pursue questions that intrigued me,” he said. “And it prepared me to carry these conversations forward at Princeton Theological Seminary.”

Zerra also says he’d love to teach religion after graduate school, but he’s also open to a chaplaincy at a college campus.

That’s because Zerra loves the university and college setting.

"I think Flagler showed me what a rewarding setting academia can be, and my experiences at Princeton have only confirmed this. It’s a very exciting environment."

When Luke Zerra graduated from Flagler College, he was faced with a tough choice. Three different graduate schools were in pursuit, each offering full tuition and teaching assistantships.