The Interfaith Baccalaureate service returns to its traditional locale at Trinity Church, 520 S. Main Street, this year. The guest speaker at the 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, ceremony will be retiring mathematics professor Ann Oaks. This year's service will also include six pieces from the spring tour of the Colleges Chorale, preludes and procession played by Classic Brass, readings and prayers from various religious traditions.
Oaks started at the Colleges as an adult student, graduating magna cum laude from William Smith, and returned as an HWS faculty member in 1979. She is nationally known for her work in math education, and the influence of cognitive and emotional processes and gender on learning mathematics. In the citation announcing her selection for this award, her colleagues spoke of her ability to understand what her students bring to the classroom from past experience and her ability to marshal their personal resources to build on their understanding of the subject matter. They also note the large number of former students who maintain contact with their former teacher, mentor, and friend. Oaks and her husband live in Oaks Corners.
Last year, many faculty members wore academic regalia and processed. Those who own regalia and want to join the parade again this year, let Chaplain Lesley Adams know. She will return an e-mail with details for assembly.
Members of the campus community are also more than welcome to attend and to sit with the students and their families. Those who wish to attend are advised to go early.
Please contact Chaplain Adams at ext. 3671 with questions.