Mount Union Graduation Will Feature New Baccaulareate Worship Service

April 22, 2010

Mount Union College is preparing for its 160th Commencement, to be held Sunday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. on the south lawn of Chapman Hall.


Not only will this be the first scheduled outdoor ceremony since 1979, the Baccalaureate service is changing as well.

"In order to enhance the experience for our graduates, this year's Baccalaureate will feature an entirely student-organized worship service," said Rev. Marty CashBurless, chaplain of the College.

Members of the Class of 2006 have been busy since January planning the new service. Each scripture, hymn and inspirational reading has been carefully chosen and 11 students will be participating. The service will also include a special rose ceremony.

"This is completely different from the services of the past," said Brent Bauknecht, president of the Class of 2006. "Everyone I've talked to, from students to professors, is really looking forward to it."

"The students have taken ownership of what will be their last service together," said CashBurless. "They have been asking themselves 'What would make this more memorable and meaningful for everyone?'"

"We hope this becomes the new tradition for Baccalaureate," added Bauknecht

Baccalaureate services will begin at 10 a.m. on the south lawn of Chapman Hall. In the case of inclement weather, Baccalaureate and Commencement will be held in the gymnasium of the Timken Physical Education Building.

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