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Baccalaureate Service

May 12 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

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For much of its history, the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted a Baccalaureate Service, an ecumenical Christian celebration honoring the graduating class and commissioning them to a journey of service in the greater world. Graduating seniors, graduate students, families, and the university community—join us on May 12 at Upper House to continue this tradition.

What is a Baccalaureate Service? Traditionally a Baccalaureate Service is a Christian worship service with hymns, scripture lessons, a message, prayers, and special recognitions.

We believe that every person is made in the image of God and called to exercise their education and unique gifts for the common good. Together with friends, families, and the broader university community, we will celebrate the outstanding achievement of completing a degree at UW-Madison and God’s faithfulness in the lives of those graduating.

Program Schedule

  • Reception and Brunch
  • The Importance of Religion at a Public University — Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin
  • Musical Worship — Heartland Church Worship Team
  • Message of Encouragement — Jeff Hardin
  • Prayer for Students — Campus Ministry Staff
  • Commissioning — Úna Lucey-Lee
  • Benediction and Closing

Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin

Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin is the 30th leader of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Before joining UW–Madison as chancellor, Mnookin served seven years as dean of the UCLA School of Law and Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Professor of Law. As dean, she broke fundraising records, built the first new degree program in a generation, and created new institutes in areas ranging from immigration law to technology, law, and policy. She also helped to enhance the school’s overall ranking, academic quality, and diversity of the student body, and for five years, chaired UCLA’s Council of Professional School Deans.

She received her A.B. from Harvard University, her J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in History and Social Study of Science and Technology from M.I.T. Mnookin and her husband, political scientist Joshua Foa Dienstag, have two children, 20 and 23. In December 2020, Mnookin donated her kidney to her father and is a strong proponent of living kidney donation.

Jeff Hardin

Dr. Jeff Hardin is a Professor and Chair of Integrative Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.Div. from the International School of Theology. His numerous research articles focus on the genetic regulation of cell movement and cell adhesion during embryonic development, which has broad implications for understanding human birth defects and cancer. He is also a nationally and internationally recognized biology educator, and the senior author of a widely used cell biology textbook, The World of the Cell (Pearson). Hardin is the only scientist in the Religious Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is the director of the Isthmus Society, which is committed to promoting dialogue between science and religion. Additionally, he serves on the national advisory board for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship’s Faculty Ministry and as faculty advisor for the Navigators and InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship on the UW-Madison campus.

Úna Lucey-Lee

Úna Lucey-Lee is an associate pastor at Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Madison, WI. Prior to joining the pastoral team at Fountain of Life, she ministered for over two decades with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, most recently as the Program Director for its flagship Urbana Student Mission Conference. She is the youngest of six children born to Irish immigrants in San Francisco. Her friends will tell you that she can talk on and on about the Bible, theology, the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise, and the key elements of planning a good party or event. Úna is a contributing author to The Small Group Leaders’ Handbook (IVP). She has a B.S. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, an M. Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church. She lives in Madison, WI, with her husband, Henry, and their dog, Céilí.



May 12
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
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