Baccalaureate Services at Roosevelt High School
This letter was sent in response to a request from Greenbelt Interfaith News for information on Roosevelt's baccalaureate service arrangements; the letter arrived after the article had been posted.
Baccalaureate is a private ceremony sponsored by the Greenbelt Clergy. As part of our public information arrangements with our seniors and as a community based service to the clergy we hand out the notification notices only to students who wish to take them on the whereabouts of the service. The clergy prepares the notice and makes all arrangements for the service. The senior class officers in the past and I believe this group decided to pass this notification out to their classmates. All notices are handled between the students and the clergy and the students actually pass out the notices.
Dr. Gerald Boarman
Greenbelt Feature: The Last Baccaulareate Service? Roosevelt High School Seeks to Revive a Dying Tradition. By Heather Elizabeth Peterson. School graduation prayers have been the center of controversy for many years – but what does American law say about baccalaureate services? This year's service at Roosevelt High School shows the difficulties of interfaith worship in a school setting, as well as the reasons why Greenbelt's clergy and students continue this precarious tradition. (July 31, 1997)