Baccalaureate

2020 Franklin College Baccalaureate

The Franklin College Baccalaureate service was shown virtually on Saturday, May 23.

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Transcript of keynote address

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Dr. Michael Gilligan -- headshotKeynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Gilligan

Michael Gilligan is president emeritus of the Henry Luce Foundation, New York. He retired in 2019 after 21 years at Luce, the last 17 as president and CEO.  During his tenure, the foundation approved more than 2,800 grants, totaling more than $500 million, supporting projects in higher education, American art, Asian studies, theology, women in the STEM disciplines and public policy. Committed to learning and leadership, the foundation was created in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor in chief of TIME, Inc.  

For 15 years before directing the Luce Foundation’s theology program, Dr. Gilligan worked in theological education — in accreditation and leadership education for the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada, and as academic dean and professor of the Pontifical College Josephinum. Earlier, he served as a teacher and administrator in the schools of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, OH. 

He has served on more than a dozen boards of trustees, including most recently 20 years on the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (six as chair), and 14 years for the Council of Independent Colleges. A native of central Ohio, he received the B.A. summa cum laude from Duke University, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.  

Program

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Prelude …………………………………………………………….. Dr. Casey Hayes

Invocation ………………………………………………………. The Rev. Dr. Hannah Adams Ingram

Words of Welcome ………………………………………… President Kerry Prather

Song: Amazing Grace …………………………………….. Austin Kitchen ‘20

Litany ………………………………………………………………. Bryce and Brady Hale ‘20

Leader: God calls each of us

People: To acknowledge our gifts and to dedicate them to the service of God’s people.

Leader: People of all ages, races, genders, and backgrounds,

People: God calls us to use our abilities to serve others and to further the common good.

Leader: We give thanks to God for the ways in which our lives have been blessed.

People: Enable us to be a blessing to others.

Leader: We give thanks to God for the ways in which we have been served.

People: Help us, in gratitude, to serve others.

Seniors: We give thanks to God, our family and friends, the faculty and staff of Franklin College, for the experiences we have had here, and for the opportunities before us.

All (except seniors): We are proud of you! Our hopes and prayers are that you will go far with what you have learned, do much to help others.

Faculty and Staff: We give thanks that you were here with us for these years; we will remember you always and wish the best for you.

All: Through us, in us, and for us, God’s purpose comes to life in the world. May we all be receptive to God’s leading and ever thankful for God’s gifts and blessings. Amen.

 

Readings: Maya Angelou, On Gratitude ……………. Thomas Beckstein ‘20

Matthew 5:1-10 ………………………………………………………… Kylie Paul ‘20

Introduction of Speaker ……………………………………….. President Kerry Prather

Address: “Not at All What We Expected!” …………… Dr. Michael Gilligan

Song: Rise Up by Andra Day ………………………………….. Kauaii Canada ‘20

The Franklin College Prayer (unison) …………………. The Rev. Dr. Hannah Adams Ingram

Lord God, through Baptist pioneers you founded Franklin College to be a community bright with wisdom and truth. Draw students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all traditions together in your Spirit, so that we might be set free from ignorance and prejudice, and become faithful servants of all your people. Amen.

Benediction ………………………………………………………………. The Dr. Rev. Hannah Adams Ingram

Invitation to Commencement ……………………………… Dr. Randall Smith

Postlude ……………………………………………………………………… Dr. Casey Hayes