Bethune-Cookman’s other commencement activities included a Dec. 11 senior class tree planting at the Dr. Ann Taylor Green General Studies Building and a Service of Consecration, a sacred worship experience for graduates. The Rev. Dr. Candace M. Lewis was the speaker at the service.
According to B-CU history, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, the university’s founder, created the Service of Consecration as a sacred time of recommitment in the 1930s.
After service, graduating seniors, faculty and platform guests march to the gravesite of Dr. Bethune for a candlelight wreath-laying ceremony.
The commencement service was held Dec. 14 at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center.