On the eve of Commencement, the celebrations begin as Vanguard University honors the graduating seniors through a traditional Baccalaureate Service. Held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, the service will begin at 7:30 p.m. on May 9 and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Each year, Vanguard University holds the Baccalaureate Service to praise God for His faithfulness and to honor graduating seniors. There will be music, Scripture readings, a message, Communion and the investiture of the graduating class. Also, seniors will participate in a processional wearing their cap and gown.
This year’s faculty speaker will be Dr. Carl Renold, Professor of Psychology. “I am really looking forward to hearing him. He really is a gifted speaker,” Dean of Spiritual Formation Dr. Michael Beals said. As a regular participant in the Baccalaureate service, Dr. Beals said: “It’s a marvelous service that I would encourage every graduate to attend.”
Commenting on the significance, tradition and origin of the service, Dr. Beals said the service’s title, Baccalaureate, “was actually the name of the farewell sermon at medieval universities.” It was a time for “recognition of the faith tradition,” he added.
Looking forward to helping lead the celebration of Communion, Dr. Beals said taking the sacraments is an instrumental part of the service. It allows an opportunity for graduates to reflect and “enter into wholeness” as they move toward the next chapter of life. “It’s at moments of life change that we’re very open to what God is going to do,” he said.
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