Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life

Each year, on Commencement Weekend, the OCRL Office honors our graduates with a Multifaith celebration. The service is the evening before the Commencement Ceremony. The service draws on the religious diversity of our student body to speak to a special theme for that year.

The 2015 Baccalaureate Service will be celebrated at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The speaker will be announced in the near future. The Rooke Chapel Choir and Rooke Chapel Ringers will also participate in the service.

No tickets are required, but seating in the Weis Center is limited. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

Photo Gallery: 2013 Baccalaureate Service

Themes and speakers from recent years have been:

2014: Speaker: Rabbi Serena Fujita, University Jewish Chaplian, Bucknell University

2013: Speaker: The Rev. Dr. John Patrick Colatch, University Chaplain, Bucknell University

2012: Speaker: The Rev. Donald W. Cramer, St. Monica Parish, Sunbury, PA

2011: Speaker: The Reverend Gail Bowman, Chaplain, Assistant Professor of Religion and Project Director of VisionQuest, Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

2010: Speaker: Imam Abdullah Antepli, Muslim Chaplain, Duke University

2009: Speaker: Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

2008: "Our Welfare is Bound Together"; Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Alison L. Boden, Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

2007: "We Look at Ourselves; the Kinds of People We Are"; Speaker: Chaplain Jewelnel Davis, University Chaplain, Associate Provost, and Director of the Earl Hall Center, Columbia University, NYC

2006: Senior Speakers: Kenneth Greenbaum, Gretchen Perry, Rosa Terlazzo

2005: Senior Speakers: Khalid Alghamdi, Ann K. Rosko, Kelly Jeanne Raffety, and Jeffrey Wodlinger

2004: "The Place of Privilege"; Speaker: Karen M. Morin, Associate Professor of Geography

2003: "Reflections on Hope in an Age of Cynicism"; Speaker: Dee Casteel, Associate Professor of Chemistry

2002: "Reflections on Crisis and Continuity"; Speaker: Deborah Abowitz, Associate Professor of Sociology

2001: "Reflections on Journey's Ending, Journey's Beginning"; Speaker: Gary Sojka, President, 1984-95 and Professor of Biology.

2000: "Learning, Living, Loving, and Leaving"; Speaker: Brad Tufts, long-time Bucknell administrator and coach.

1999: "Reflections on Reconcilation and Harmony"; Speaker: Maureen Murphy, retiring Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

1998: "Reflections on Community"; Speaker: Elias Abelson, retiring University General Counsel

1997: "Reflections on Compassion and Loving One's Neighbors"; Speaker: William Becker, retiring Professor of Religion

1996: "Reflections on Money, Simplicity and Priorities..."; Speaker: Joyce Bylander, Associate Dean of Students

1995: "Reflections on the Way of Peace"; Speakers: Dillonna Lewis, '95; Teresa Amott, Professor of Economics

1994: "Reflections on Wisdom and Life's Journey"; Speaker: Douglas Sturm, Professor of Political Science and Religion


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