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Traditional Baccalaureate Service Highlights Prize Day Eve
Traditional Baccalaureate Service Highlights Prize Day Eve

On Friday, June 8, on the eve of St. Mark's 153rd Prize Day ceremony, the traditional Baccalaureate Service was held in Belmont Chapel. Carl Corazzini—St. Mark's Director of Wellness, history teacher, and head coach of boys' varsity hockey—was this year's speaker, elected by vote of the Sixth Form.


The service opened with the choir performing "Age Quod Agis," and with the singing of the hymn "Praise My Soul the King of Heaven." The Rev. Barbara Talcott, Head Chaplain at St. Mark's, then welcomed the members of the Class of 2018 and their families, before turning the service over to a series of VI Formers, who read passages from scripture or recited prayers in a variety of languages: Jonathan Noel (Hebrew), Tyreese James (Greek), Julia Danielsen (Latin), Justin Biela (Polish), Ziyi Gillian Yue (French), Mo Liu (German), Eun Kyo Rachel Hwang (Chinese), and Helynna Lin (Spanish). Elizabeth Provost '18 read "Be Kind, Be Brave, Be You!" by Charles Schultz.

Mr. Corazzini's Baccalaureate Address was entitled "Change How You Look at Things." He spoke directly to the VI Form, in their final Chapel service as St. Markers, moving about the Chapel and connecting with students through personal stories and life lessons.

The hymn "For the Splendor of Creation" was also sung. The Choir, under the direction of Mr. James Wallace, Director of Music and Arts Department Chair, then sang "Baba Yetu" (the Lord's Prayer in Swahili), an anthem by choral music composer Christopher Tin. During the anthem, V Form ushers passed baskets for an offertory collection benefitting Brantwood Camp. Established in 1904, Brantwood serves each summer as a camp for inner-city and low-income youth. Since 1920, St. Mark's has been directly associated with Brantwood. A number of St. Markers volunteer as counselors every year, with some going on to work full-time as members of the Camp's Permanent Staff.

SM Assistant Chaplain Stephen Hebert led the Collect for Graduation, found in the St. Mark's Prayer Book, and Head of School John C. Warren '74 led the recitation of the School Prayer. Following the School Hymn—"Sun of My Soul"—Rev. Talcott delivered the blessing to end the service.

The Baccalaureate service is the oldest end-of-year tradition at St. Mark's.