Baccalaureate Service

Saturday, June 12, 2021
3:00 p.m. Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Entrance
(Created by Audrey Dalum and Jesus Maldonado Trevino)

Call to Prayer
Shawn McCandlish '21- Paganism
Jesus Maldonado Trevino '21, Sadie Hennen '21 - Christianity
Chau Le '21- Buddhism

Invictus | William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)
Viking Chorale Fall 2016

Baccalaureate WelcomeMark Burstein, President

Student Reflection
Bhagavad Gita–Lord Krishna’s Second Teaching | Audrey Dalum '21
Intentional Listening | Isaac Wippich '21

Land AcknowledgementCassandra Portnow ‘21

Introduction of Marcia BjornerudSadie Hennen ’21

Address to the Class of 2021, Advice from your Mother (Earth) Marcia Bjornerud, Walter Schober Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor, Geosciences

OriginsAakash Mittal (b. 1984)
I. Opening Space, Inviting an Ancestor
IV. If I Rise of the Wings of the Dawn

Origins allows us to explore our spiritual connections to our ancestors through remembrance and invitation. This piece takes inspiration from the music of Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism to create a fabric of interfaith collaboration and connection. Please take this time to reflect on the journeys of your ancestors and how that has culminated in your own. —Rehanna Rexroat ’21, Leila Ramagopal Pertl 87

Lawrence Awards for Outstanding Teaching in Wisconsin | Stewart Purkey, Bee Connell Mielke Professor of Education and Associate Professor Education

Judy Mueller | presented by Isabella Beltz ‘21
Lead Teacher, Endeavor Charter High School, Watertown, WI

Catherine Wilda | presented by Isaac Wippich ‘21
English, Kaukauna High School, Kaukauna, WI

Memorial Pause

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

Heather Karas | Honored by Julie Severance, General Manager, Bon Appetit

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

Patricia Powell | Honored by Julie Severance, General Manager, Bon Appetit


Cord Ritual | Shawn McCandlish '21

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


Senior Planning Team

  • Audrey Dalum ’21
  • Sadie Hennen ’21
  • Jesus Maldonado Trevino ’21
  • Shawn McCandlish ’21
  • Rehanna Rexroat ’21
  • Isaac Wippich '21

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 2021.

We become resilient as we break and rebuild

Through intermittent agency, and
awareness in encountering
firsts, lasts, and losses, our identities grow while persevering
through uncertainty

We are continuing our process of Becoming

Music Acknowledgements
Special thanks to Leila Ramagopal Pertl ’87, Instructor of Music Education and Harp, for her musical collaboration in the performance of Origins.
Performance License 2021 from Aakash Mittal Music for Origins.

Production Acknowledgements
A very special thank you to Alvina Tan '06 and Brent Hauer '10 for their recording assistance, Rachel Teeter '21 for video assistance with the cat’s cradle, and Julia Peterson '21 for voiceover.