Baccalaureate Class 2016
The graduating class of 2016 held the traditional baccalaureate service on Thursday, June 2nd at the First Congregational Church with the blessings of all Holliston clergy.
The baccalaureate service derives from the medieval European custom of presenting the candidates for the degree of Bachelor (bacca) with laurels (lauri) of sermonic oration. The Baccalaureate ceremony is a service of worship in celebration of and thanksgiving for lives dedicated to learning and wisdom.
Holliston clergy carry on the tradition each year with a worship service dedicated to the graduating students. This year's service was held at the First Congregational Church on Thursday June 2nd, in anticipation of graduation on Sunday June 5th.
Reverend Bonnie Stone of the Congregational Church welcomed all to the Baccalaureate Service.
Kate Healy, Secretary of the 2016 class, offered a greeting to all on behalf of her classmates.
Ian McCarthy opened the service with a class prayer.
Classmate Justin McLinden presented a bible reading from Ecclesiastes 4:7-12
Classmate Maren Devane read a poem appropriate for the graduating seniors as they go forward after graduation.
Classmates Emily Lewis and Beth Cronin offered Epistle Readings form Hebrews 10;22-5 and Ephesians 4;25-28, pertinent to the graduating class.
Reverend Sarah Robbins-Cole of St. Michael's Episcopal Church was the principle speaker of the evening, emphasizing the importance of friendship, love, trust, sharing success, celebration, social interaction and coming together. She wished all a happy long life and spiritual gratification.
Blessings to the class of 2016 were offered by the Holliston clergy,
Reverend Mark Peterson of Christ the King Lutheran Church.
Reverend Scott Foster, First Baptist Church
Rabbi Earl Kideckel of Temple Beth Torah
Deacon John Barry, St. Mary's Church
Reverend Beth Rogers of the Congregational Church offered the closing benediction and invited all to Jordan Hall for a reception.
Graduates, parents, grandparents, friends and clergy had an opportunity to socialize in Jordan Hall.
Congratulations to the Class of 2016