5/14/2009 Linfield alumnus to present baccalaureate address
McMINNVILLE – Rodney R. Romney, a Linfield College alumnus and former member of the Board of Trustees, will speak on "Finding a Sense of Sacred Purpose" at baccalaureate services for the Linfield College class of 2009 Saturday, May 30, at 6 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.
Romney is a 1954 graduate of Linfield now living in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He is also a graduate of the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, Calif., where he received a Doctor of Ministry degree. He was presented an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree by Linfield in 1987. Romney served two churches during his ministry, the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif., and the First Baptist Church of Seattle, Wash. He is the author of several books and articles on the subject of spirituality and a trustee emeritus of Linfield, having served on the board for 18 years.
"Baccalaureate is intended to be a spiritual exclamation point to our academic pilgrimage, one that gives thanks for the awareness and knowledge we have gained and anticipates, through hope and prayer, the challenges yet to come," said David Massey, Linfield chaplain, who will preside over the service.
The Baccalaureate Brass, under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music, and the Linfield Concert Choir, under the direction of Robin Y. Pederson, guest conductor, will perform. A number of graduating seniors will also participate in the program, presenting readings and prayer. The baccalaureate service precedes Linfield's commencement exercises which will be held Sunday, May 31, at 10 a.m. in the Oak Grove.
Baccalaureate has existed for centuries in colleges and universities as a time of worship for graduating members of the senior class. College officials, faculty and graduating seniors wear academic dress for the occasion. Linfield's baccalaureate service is ordered according to the traditions within Protestant Christianity and strives to touch the universal theme of common humanity that can be found in all the world's great religions.
For more information, call 503-883-2259.