As the Classes of 2012 celebrate their upcoming commencement, Chaplain Lesley Adams invites graduates, friends and family to stop and take a moment to reflect on the past four years at the annual Baccalaureate on Saturday, May 12. A tradition dating to eighth century England, the Hobart and William Smith community has practiced the ceremony for more than 180 years. Baccalaureate allows for quiet reflection through readings, addresses, prayers and music.
“Baccalaureate helps us to navigate the transitions – in this case the transitions that college graduation brings about,” explains Adams. “Everything changes with graduation: friendships, family relationships, responsibilities and opportunities, YOU. The one-hour Baccalaureate offers graduates, friends and family chance to slow down, to breathe deeply, to notice and to process at a spiritual level the commencing of your new life.”
This year’s ceremony will feature musical performances by the Colleges’ Chorale and a brass quintet, as well as the thoughtful words of Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty and Professor of Economics Patrick McGuire HON’10, who will also be awarded an honorary degree during Sunday’s Commencement. The service will include readings by members of the Classes of 2012, Timothy Carter ’12, Christian Cedacero ’12 and Jenna Lohre ’12. Director of the Abbe Center for Jewish Life Lorinda Weinstock and Adams will also join the traditional ceremony with prayers and benedictions.
Baccalaureate will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, located at 520 South Main Street. A Provost and Deans’ reception will follow the ceremony in the Trinity Parish Hall at 3:30 p.m. Due to limited parking, guests are asked to walk to the church if able.
The photo above was taken during Baccalaureate in 2011.