Special to The Mississippi Link
Baccalaureate ceremonies are bountiful across the Jackson metro area during the 2016 graduation season. For those who are familiar with its meaning, an article titled “What’s a Baccalaureate Ceremony?” on www.youngadults.about.com explains baccalaureate as “a centuries-old religious graduation tradition that started in England, but in the United States, the term generally refers to a non-denominational ceremony held a few days before high school or college graduation. Unlike the massive commencement exercises held in stadiums or arenas, baccalaureate ceremonies offer a quieter, more intimate opportunity to pause and reflect on this rite of passage.”
Many of us know that in the African-American community, the ceremony usually includes a sermon by a church’s pastor. Family and friends are just as prevalent at this ceremony as they are at the graduates’ commencement services.
As many churches in the area honor its graduates, a few of them are being shared with you today.