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9:15 Multi-Faith Baccalaureate Service Will Precede Sunday's Commencement

May 21, 2004

May 20, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - Graduating students, their parents, family members and friends, faculty and staff, and members of the DePauw and Greencastle communities are invited to attend a multi-faith baccalaureate service at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church this Sunday, May 23, at 9:15 a.m. The service, which takes place only a few hours before DePauw graduates its Class of 2004, contains Jewish, Muslim, and Christian elements with readers from each tradition, including University Chaplain Larry Burton, student body president Jessica Beeson, DePauw President Robert G. Bottoms and Christian Campos, a 2004 graduate who serves as director of choirs at Gobin Church.

Other participants in the service will include Bernard Batto, Walter E. Bundy Professor of Religious Studies; music professors Stanley Irwin and Barbara Paré; coordinator of student activities Reetha Perananamgam; and 2004 graduates Nisreen Ziad El-Shamayleh, Rachel Kovac and Kelly Luurtesma; and the chancel choir (augmented by DePauw students). John Clodfelter, an instructor in the DePauw University School of Music and a 1994 graduate of the University, is the organist at Gobin Church.

"The annual baccalaureate service provides a wonderful way for us to begin a very significant day in the lives of these young people as they transition from college students to graduates," says Reverend Burton. "It's a time for people of all faiths to come together to celebrate their experiences and friendships on this campus and, as the hymn says, Praise the Source of Faith and Learning, as we send graduates into the world."

For more information, contact Deb Chew, program assistant for DePauw's Office of Religious Life at (765) 658-4615.

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