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Graduating Class to be Celebrated at Multi-Faith Baccalaureate Service Sunday

May 18, 2006

May 18, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - Graduating students, their parents, family members and friends, faculty and staff, and members of the DePauw University and Greencastle communities are invited to attend a multi-faith baccalaureate service at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church this Sunday, May 21, at 9:15 a.m. The service, which takes place only a few hours before DePauw graduates its Class of 2006, is open to all.

The program will include graduating seniors singing in the choir, and leaders of student religious organizations at DePauw will lead prayers. Additionally, the president of Student Congress, senior Zachary Pfister, will offer a prayer. Wrede Smith '06 will perform the prelude, and John Clodfelter, instructor of music at DePauw and Gobin's organist, will lend his talents as well. The Bells of Gobin will play a special tribute to the graduating class, and DePauw President Robert G. Bottoms will provide the welcoming remarks. The sermon, by the Reverend Larry Burton, is entitled: "On Not Making Molehills Out of Mountains."

The service will be "signed" for the hearing impaired.

"This is the third baccalaureate service we have held, and each year the level of participation increases," says Rev. Burton. "It provides a meaningful way for us to begin a very significant day in the lives of these young people as they transition from college students to graduates. We look forward to welcoming people of all faiths as they come together to celebrate their experiences and friendships on this campus."

Visit DePauw's Office of Spiritual Life here.

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