High schools to hold baccalaureate services beginning Thursday

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By Reece Murphy

Baccalaureate services are among the oldest educational traditions dating back nearly 580 years to the United Kingdom’s University of Oxford, a service to celebrate young lives dedicated to learning and wisdom.
While the modern tradition does away with the Medieval practice of calling on graduating “bachelors” to deliver sermons in Latin, the tradition is still significant as a solemn farewell to students’ school years and an encouraging send off into their lives beyond.
Here are this year’s four baccalaureate services for the county’s 780-plus graduating seniors:
Andrew Jackson High School
Andrew Jackson High School leads this year’s baccalaureate services, set for 7 p.m., Thursday, May 23, in the school gymnasium. The guest speaker for this year’s service is the Rev. Reo King of Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church. The school is located at 6925 Kershaw Camden Highway.
Buford High School
Buford High School’s baccalaureate is scheduled for 4 p.m. May 26 at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1841 N. Rocky River Road. Guest speaker is Spring Hill Baptist Church Youth Pastor Brandon Helms.
Indian Land High School
Indian Land High School’s baccalaureate is set for 4 p.m. May 26 in the school’s gymnasium, 8063 River Road. This year’s speaker is Reid McAteer, a high school chaplain for the S.C. Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Lancaster High School
Lancaster High School’s baccalaureate service is 6 p.m. May 26 at Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway. The Rev. Tim Anderson, minister of Immanuel Baptist Church, is guest speaker.

Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151