Planned in the Christian tradition, University Pastor Rachel Tune has coordinated the service with volunteers from the senior class, who have written prayers, selected scriptures, and will share music and reflections.
The theme for this year's service is "let your light shine before others," from the Gospel of Matthew. The planners felt their time at Wittenberg helped them to see their connections to others, whether in Springfield, the Gulf Coast, or across the world. They noted that they began their four years at Wittenberg at the same time as University President Mark H. Erickson, and they recalled his words at the Opening Convocation of their first year: "Bring Wittenberg to the world, and the world to Wittenberg."
The planning committee also selects the beneficiaries of the offering at the baccalaureate service. This year's offering will support two local ministries, Peace Camp and Clark County Habitat for Humanity, and one international charity, Doctors Without Borders.
Rebecca Ajer from Spring Valley, Calif., Lukas Treu from Auburn Township, Ohio and Brian Schubert from Norwalk, Ohio, will offer reflections, while Manny Lamarre from Miami, Fla. will read a poem he has written. Tune will deliver the homily.
Maureen Walsh from Highland Heights, Ohio, Ronnie Ross from New Philadelphia, Ohio, Rachel Dixon from West Liberty, Ohio, Ryan Hamilton from Mount Vernon, Ohio, and Ashley Uhrig from Vandalia, Ohio, will offer prayers.
Pre-service music will feature vocal solos offered by Emily Beavers from Columbus, Ohio, Andrea Migliozzi from Gahanna, Ohio, and Kay Kulma from Lakewood, Ohio, with Professor of Music Don Busarow playing the organ.
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