Commencement

The Baccalaureate Service

The Baccalaureate Service

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Friday, April 30, 2021, at 5 p.m. EDT

Virtual Ceremony

Organ Prelude

“Mad Rush,” Philip Glass (b. 1937)

Mark Steinbach

University Organist and Senior Lecturer in Music

The Preface

The Reverend Janet M. Cooper Nelson

Chaplain of the University

Welcome to First Baptist Meeting House

The Reverend Jamie Washam

Minister, First Baptist Church in America

Tolling of the Bells of First Baptist Church 

 

Presentation of the Memorial Roses and Candle Lighting

Ella Joshi ’21 and Nicholas Correia ’21

Class Agents for 2021

 

Jason Carroll ’21

President, Undergraduate Council of Students

The Pouring of Libation

with tribute to the late Professor Anani Dzidzienyo and all Brown elders

 

Professor Keisha-Khan Perry

Department of Africana Studies

 

Assisted by the Reverend Janet M. Cooper Nelson

Chaplain of the University

Reading of the “Fatiha” (opening chapter of the Quran) 

Imam Amir Toft

Associate Chaplain of the University for the Muslim Community

The Shehecheyanu

Rabbi Michelle Dardashti

Associate Chaplain of the University for the Jewish Community, Rabbi for Brown/RISD Hillel

Interlude

Elegy no. 1 for Double Bass and Piano, Bottesini

 

Rainbow Chen ’21, Double Bass 

Ryan Lum ’23, Piano

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

The Reverend Janet M. Cooper Nelson

Chaplain of the University

 

Necrology read by:

Christina H. Paxson

President

 

Eric Estes

Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services

 

Richard M. Locke

Provost

 

Rashid Zia ’01

Dean of the College

The Introduction

Christina H. Paxson

President

The Address

“Let Your Passion Lead to Your Purpose” 

Steven R. Jordan ’82

The Solo

“Make Them Hear You,” from “Ragtime” by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

 

Soloist: The Reverend Jermaine Pearson

Associate Chaplain of the University for the Protestant Community

 

Accompanist: Ryan Lum ’23

The Benediction (responsive)

Father Edmund McCullough

Associate Chaplain for the University for the Roman Catholic Community

 

Megan O’Brien Crayne

Catholic Campus Minister

 

The time has come to go forth. 

Senior Class: Our hearts are grateful for all we have learned.

This is a moment full of sorrow and joy.

Senior Class: We celebrate the bonds of friendship, even as we bid farewell. 

From this moment take courage for the days ahead.

Senior Class: We embrace with hope all that awaits us.

Go now in peace and rejoicing, and may all your days be blessed. Amen

Organ Postlude

“Fanfare,” William Mathias (1934-92)

 

Mark Steinbach

University Organist and Senior Lecturer in Music

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