Source: Indiana University
On April 26, 2004 Indiana University reported, "Indiana University Bloomington will observe its 2004 baccalaureate with a 45-minute interfaith observance on May 7 at 5 p.m. in the IU Auditorium. The celebration is open to the public. Records show that a baccalaureate has been held at IU for at least the last 166 years, but in 2002, a campus-wide committee restructured the traditional ceremony to recognize the many faith traditions represented on the Bloomington campus. The ceremony now pays tribute to wisdom and learning by drawing upon teachings and practices of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. This year's baccalaureate, planned by 13 members of the university community, will begin with a procession, music from a Native American flute and a candle-lighting ceremony. Rabbi Susan Shifron, executive director of the Helene Simon Hillel Center, will offer gathering words, and Reverend Rebecca Jimenez, Center for University Ministry, will issue an invitation to prayer. Prayers for strength, guidance and wisdom from the Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian and Jewish traditions will follow, each being read by an IU graduate or undergraduate student."