Join the Lawrence Community's multi-faith celebration of the spiritual journey of the Class of 2022.

Saturday, June 11, 2022
3:00 p.m. Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Baccalaureate Service 2022

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Land Acknowledgement 

Jessica L. Hopkins '22

Call to Prayer

Taneya S. Garcia '22 - Indigenous
Miriam A. Syvertsen '22 - Judaism
Asher B. McMullin '22 - Christianity
Moeka Kamiya '22 and Mai Namiki '22 - Shinto Shrine 
Derartu Ahmed '22 - Islam
Ishita Agarwal '22 - Hinduism

Baccalaureate Welcome

Laurie A. Carter, President


Lose Yourself by Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī - Ramisha Mahiyat '22
Wild Geese by Mary Oliver - Amy E. Gruen '22

Student Reflection

Derartu Ahmet '22, Jessica L. Hopkins '22, Ramisha Mahiyat '22, Nora Murphy '22, Eviatar D. Shlosberg '22

During the process that led to the design of today’s service, the senior planning team wrote the following reflection about the shared spiritual journey of the class of 2022.

Oscillation of Progress and Regress:
Question to reflect on and consider, were we happy or were we bitter? Grab and Go meals, and isolation Human interactions belong to the past Lonely thoughts and lonely nights make us wonder about our rights Each of our actions yield new consequences The pandemic expedites our path to adulthood So let us all breathe the air with care Trust in a transient world, for tomorrow is never the same.

Memorial Recognition 

Lifongo Vetinde | Honored by Dominica Chang, Margaret Banta Humleker Professor of French Cultural Studies and Associate Professor of French

Stephen McCardell | Honored by Julie McQuinn, Associate Professor of Music

Delfino Serrano Flores | Honored by Trevor O'Brien

Introduction of Dr. Karen Carr

Maggie McGlenn '22

Address to the Class of 2022

Dr. Karen L. Carr, McNaughton Rosebush Professor of Liberal Studies and Professor of Religious Studies

Lawrence Awards for Outstanding Teaching in Wisconsin

Stewart Purkey, Bee Connell Mielke Professor of Education and Associate Professor Education

Kevin Carlton
Director of Bands, Kiel High School, Kiel, WI
presented by Rachel A. Draxler '22

Amy Pelle
English, Rice Lake High School, Rice Lake, WI
presented by Anna L. White '22

Blessing and Sending

Reverend Dr. Linda Morgan-Clement, Julie Esch Hurvis Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life and Chaplain to the University

Senior Planning Team

  • Derartu Ahmed '22
  • Jessica L. Hopkins '22
  • Ramisha Mahiyat '22
  • Maggie McGlenn '22
  • Eviatar D. Shlosberg '22
  • Mudassir F. Zaeem '22

Music Acknowledgements
Gratitude to Yossi Shlosberg, father of Eviatar Shlosberg ’22, for joining Eviatar in the creation of the Niggun during the student reflection.

Production Acknowledgements
A very special thank you to the following:
Alvina J. Tan ’06 and Brent T. Hauer ’10 for their assistance with production.
Margaret S. Paek for her mentoring and partnership for the movement components of the student reflection.
Mark Burstein for graciously reading excerpts from his March 2020 letter to the Lawrence Community.