University of Mount Union Plans Baccalaureate

May 06, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union will hold its 168th Baccalaureate Service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 in the Peterson Field House of the MAAC. This program will precede the University’s Commencement ceremony to be held at 1:30 p.m.

During the worship service, the Mount Union Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Grant Cook, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, will perform several numbers. The invocation will be given by Kathryn Proch, a senior religious studies major of Canfield, OH. The Old Testament reading will be given by senior exercise science major Chelsey Bruce of Cuyahoga Falls, OH and the epistle reading will be given by Christopher Bowles, a senior political science major of Solon, OH. The gospel reading will be given by Kimberly Dorka, senior education major of Chardon, OH and song leader will be Sean Eppler, senior music education major of Mentor, OH.

Bishop John L. Hopkins, who serves on the episcopacy in the Ohio East Area, will give the sermon.

Hopkins earned a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University. He completed a two-year Wheelock Residency in hospital, campus and parish ministry at the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College where he served as Protestant Chaplain at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, NH. He was ordained deacon in 1972 and elder in 1975 at the North Indiana Conference. In 1996, he was elected to the episcopacy by the North Central Jurisdiction and served on numerous boards of directors, including the University of Mount Union. Hopkins was named by the Council of Bishops to serve as chair of The Connectional Table, helped develop the “Four Areas of Focus” and participated in “A Call to Action” that through extensive research discovered the critical need to increase the number of vital congregations by developing leaders and aligning resources across the church. 

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

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