In the tradition of celebrating commencement with an institutional exercise of worship and spiritual reflection, the University Chaplain and Religious Life Committee are beginning the process of planning this year's Baccalaureate service, to be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday May 10th.
The purpose of Baccalaureate will be to look back in gratitude, to look forward in faith, and to bless the graduating seniors as they make their way into the world. It is our hope that Baccalaureate will reflect the religious and spiritual diversity of our campus.
This year's theme is "Breaking New Ground," based on the New Testament scripture from Luke 9:62
We want the service to reflect on the fact that our students at ONU have had the opportunity to break new ground for the time they have been here, and have planted seeds that have grown into a harvest of experience and knowledge. Now, as you prepare to leave this place, you will be breaking new ground in new and exciting ways!
If you are interested in participating in this very special event, there are three specific ways you can get involved:
1. Student Speaker: We are looking for one person to speak on behalf of the Class of 2014, reflecting on the above theme. Speakers should plan to speak for 5-8 minutes.
To Submit A Proposal: Send us an abstract (no more than 500 words) of how you would reflect on the theme of the baccalaureate service. Members of the committee will choose from these submissions, and will then work with the speaker to develop her/his speech.
2. Musicians: We would like to have three musical selections during the service, and would like the musicians presenting them to come from among the graduates.
To Submit a Proposal: Send in a piece of sacred or faith-based music that you would like to share during the service, preferrably one that reflects on the theme. Pieces should be no longer than 5 minutes in length. Only three performances (individuals or groups of 8-12 persons) will be chosen!
3. Readers of Scripture, Prayers, or Sacred Poetry: In order to reflect the religious and spiritual diversity of our campus, we would like to encourage graduates to share scriptures, prayers, or sacred poetry from their religious traditions.
To Submit a Proposal: Submit a scripture, prayer, or selection of sacred poetry from your faith tradition. The pieces that are chosen will be read at baccalaureate by the person who submitted them.
All proposals should be sent to Jody King, Advanced Administrative Assistant to the Chaplain: firstname.lastname@example.org by Midnight on March 14th.