Baccalaureate Class 2017
In addition to the traditional commencement ceremony with its cap and gown and congratulatory handshakes, valedictorian speech (or speeches) and recognition of outstanding achievements, most high schools also have baccalaureate ceremonies. Formally defined as a religious service to honor the graduating class both the graduates and the attendees therefore often held in a house of worship, the baccalaureate is a non-denominational spiritual service that allows for public school graduates to find spiritual meaning that aligns with their personal beliefs. Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Class of 2017 gathered together at Calvary Baptist Church to officially begin their week of "farewells" to high school. Baccalaureate is often a moving and emotional experience for students and families, not to mention teachers and administrators. With the weight of worry about grades, college admissions, job searches and more lifted for most participants, relief and pride mix to create a lovely experience for everyone involved. This years baccalaureate included special performances by musicians Bethany Randall, Hallie Coad, Jusin Pollard and Noah Jones and the reading of Dr. Seuss poem, "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Breighann Dawdy. Having students participate allows for more introspection while adding a "personal touch" to the ceremony. Students, parents and guest were also treated to an inspirational and uplifting sermon given by Pastor Rex. The finale component of the night's ceremony was a Senior slide show. Good luck this week to our pending graduates and we wish you well in your future endeavors.