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Baccalaureate offers seniors time for faith

Baccalaureate for the Class of 2021 will be held at 3 p.m. May 16 in the Heckart Performing Arts Center. 

Senior Class Counselor Pam Crafton said, ¨Baccalaureate is a non-denominational religious service that is given to the graduating class.¨

Chad McMullin is senior pastor at First Christian Church and will be speaking at the service.

¨Baccalaureate is a celebration of how our Christian faith has been part of our journey up to this point. It is also an acknowledgment of  God's place in our lives and a celebration intended to transcend any denomination or faith boundary,” he said. “We all want to come together to give thanks to God and to celebrate the approaching graduation and life change that is ahead for so many seniors.¨ 

McMullin has been involved with Baccalaureate and has spoken at it the past three years.

¨There will be four reflections by senior students as to how their faith has been important, some special musical offerings by high school students and a variety of local pastors will pray, and I will offer a short message of encouragement and challenge,¨ he said.

Kylie Neal, senior, who is speaking at baccalaureate, said, ¨Baccalaureate is important to me because it gives graduating seniors an opportunity to attend a worship service together.  I will be speaking about how my faith has impacted me throughout high school.¨  

Crafton said that in most years, there is anywhere from 30 to 60 people in attendance. 

“We would love to see all the high school seniors and families participate by coming out and sharing about one hour with us,” McMullin said. “Congratulations to you all and may God bless you¨