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Interfaith Celebration for Seniors

A cherished tradition and reflective pause during the 2018 Commencement weekend, the Baccalaureate service will bring together the Classes of 2018 with their families and members of the HWS community for an interfaith celebration of the graduating seniors’ accomplishments. The opportunity to worship through prayer and music will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Trinity Church, 520 S. Main St. More coverage on Commencement 2018, including photo galleries and videos can be found here. 

The ceremony will be presided over by Colleges Chaplain Maurice Charles, who calls the service an opportunity for spiritual reflection, thanksgiving and centering prior to Commencement. Charles will be joined by Director of the Abbe Center Julianne Miller.

Introduced by Interim President Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12, the Baccalaureate address will be delivered by Professor of Philosophy and Hobart Dean Eugen Baer P’95, P’97. A distinguished scholar and member of the Hobart and William Smith community for nearly 50 years, Baer retires at the conclusion of the academic year. His address is titled, “Stay Woke,” a reference to the popular culture phrase for staying informed in periods of conflict. In April, Baer was recognized by the Hobart Alumni Association with their highest honor, the Hobart Medal of Excellence.

The afternoon service will also welcome student speakers Tzipora Glaser ’18, Rio Schmidt ’18 and Oluwadurotimi “Rotimi” Adeoye ’18, who have chosen to read religious texts that have offered them guidance as students and resonate into the next chapter of their lives.

Glaser, the president of Hillel, will read a passage from Deuteronomy on the subject of pursing justice; Schmidt will read from Romans about the guiding spirit; and Adeoye will read from the Book of Matthew about the disciples.

A prayer for the Colleges will be offered by Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester and a trustee of Hobart and William Smith for 10 years.

Then, a prayer for the Classes of 2018 will be read by Interim Provost DeWayne Lucas, written by Retired Chaplain of the Colleges Rev. Lesley M. Adams D.D.’15.

Musical performances will feature the Colleges’ Chorale, directed by Professor of Music Bob Cowles, in pieces by Leonard Bernstein, Michael McGlynn and Moses Hogan, among others. A song will be conducted by Elena Parkins ’18, who completed her Honors study in choral conducting.

Following the ceremony, a festive reception will be held in Trinity Church Hall, just outside and on the same floor as the sanctuary. All are welcome.