Mount Union Plans Baccalaureate Service

May 08, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union will hold its 167th Baccalaureate service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 in the Peterson Field House of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. This program will precede the University’s Commencement ceremony to be held at 1:30 p.m.

During the student-organized worship service, Mount Union’s Inspirational Voices of Praise gospel choir, directed by Barbara A. Lyons, will perform several numbers. Call to Worship will be given by senior chemistry major Marie Roth of Massillon, OH and invocation will be given by senior history major Kurtis Thomas of East Rochester, OH. Senior Spanish and sociology major Kelly Slutz of Orrville, OH will give a scripture lesson. The Rev. Marty CashBurless, University chaplain, will lead the Passing the Peace.

Rev. Dr. Ivory Lyons Jr., professor of philosophy and religious studies, will give the sermon, entitled “Rise to the Occasion.”

Lyons earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in religion and a Master of Arts degree in religion from Claremont Graduate University. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary, a Bachelor of Science degree from Morehouse College and a Bachelor of Science degree in manufacturing engineering from Boston University. Lyons has taught courses including Religion and Human Experience; Religions of the World; African American and Native American Religious Traditions; Islam; Race, Culture and American Society; Pivotal African American Figures; and Buddhism in Film. He also teaches in the Africana Studies Program at Mount Union. Lyons has served as a guest lecturer at Christ University in Bangalore, India and the University of Ghana in Africa.

Following the sermon, Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the University, will lead the Seniors’ Prayer.

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