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Music, message highlight baccalaureate service

Uplifting vocal and instrumental selections and an inspiring message marked the baccalaureate service at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 in Trinity Episcopal Church on South Main Street.

A series of preludes by Classic Brass, directed by James Trowbridge of the HWS music instructional faculty, preceded the procession led by T. Dunbar Moodie, professor of anthropology/sociology.

The welcome by the Rev. Lesley Adams was followed by readings by four graduating seniors: Suprita Kudesia, Ayokunle Abogan, Genny Finkel and Philip Recchio.

Seven anthems were offered by The Colleges Chorale, directed by Professor Robert Cowles, chair of the music department, and featuring 29 student vocalists. Unforgettable was an arrangement of Antonio Jobim's “The Girl from Ipanema,” with instrumental embellishments by alto soloist Sarah E. DeGray '06 of Brattleboro, Vt., Phi Beta Kappa, who graduated the next day with a degree conferred magna cum laude, with high honors in political science. Also memorable was an arrangement of the traditional spiritual “Wade in the Water.”

In his introduction of Adams, HWS President Mark D. Gearan spoke of her “broad, inclusive ministry, ranging from knitters to member of the football team,” and described how she built community “one cup of tea at a time.”

Adams' address urged graduates to develop a Reality Preparedness Kit, including a denial antidote labeled Critical Thinking, core value maps, a community engagement plan, and an oxygen mask.

The text of Adams' baccalaureate address, “Hope in an Age of Anxiety” is available at

After a prayer by Provost Teresa L. Amott, deans Debra K. DeMeis and Clarence E. Butler offered the Sending Forth. The benediction and dismissal were by Lorinda G. Weinstock, Hillel Program Director.