In the rush to get from the Senior Dinner to the steps of Coxe Hall, it is easy for members of the Classes of 2013 to forget to take a moment to stop, breathe deeply, and reflect on this immense moment in their lives.
On Saturday, May 18, members of the Classes of 2013 are invited to celebrate commencement and to reflect on their years at the Colleges at the annual Baccalaureate ceremony. 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.
This year’s ceremony, led by Chaplain Lesley Adams, will feature a reflection on transitions from Mara O’Laughlin ’66, who recently retired from the Colleges after 41 years, last serving as assistant vice president for the performing arts initiative. On Sunday, O’Laughlin will be awarded an honorary degree during commencement.
The Baccalaureate service will also include readings by members of the Classes of 2013. In the past, students have recited poetry, shared stories of their own experiences and performed musical arrangements.
Baccalaureate will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, located at 520 South Main Street. Due to limited parking, guests are asked to walk to the church if able.