Baccalaureate services for graduating seniors and their family and friends will be held Sunday.
All three services will start at 2 p.m. East Coweta’s Baccalaureate will be at Crossroads Church’s Highway 16 campus, and Northgate’s will be at Crossroads’ campus on Highway 154.
Newnan High seniors will be at First Baptist Church in downtown Newnan.
The Baccalaureate service is believed to have originated at Oxford University in 1432 when each candidate for a bachelor's degree was required to deliver a sermon in Latin as part of his academic exercise. Since the earliest universities in the United States were founded primarily to educate ministers, the British practice of the Baccalaureate service was continued in early America, but in English.
Baccalaureates typically includes hymns and musical selections performed by student musicians and choirs – as well as readings, prayers and reflections by students – along with a message from a local member of the clergy.
Baccalaureate programs were typical in the Southern United States for many years and were sponsored by schools and school systems until court rulings found that practice to be a violation of church-state separation. Several years ago, churches began sponsoring Baccalaureate for Coweta County students.
Attendance at Baccalaureate is optional for students.