SPARKS — The 30th annual Sparks High Schools multi-faith baccalaureate service will be held on May 20, blessing the graduating seniors.
Besides prayers and blessings by area religious leaders belonging to Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Jewish traditions, it will also include prayers, musical numbers and speeches by students from various Sparks high schools.
Hindu leader Rajan Zed, who will be reading a blessing prayer in Sanskrit from Rig-Veda, the world’s oldest existing scripture, says that the purpose of baccalaureate service is to root the graduating class in divine spiritual tradition so that they have a spiritually meaningful life in addition to material success.
Dr. Bruce Taylor, a Presbyterian pastor, will deliver the keynote address, while Sparks Mayor Geno Martini will preside at the service to be held at John Ascuaga’s Nugget ballroom starting 7 p.m. Nicholas F. Frey of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Coordinator for this year’s Service. All are welcome and there is no charge.