Duke Divinity School will celebrate its 87th Baccalaureate Service May 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Duke Chapel. The preacher will be J. Warren Smith,  associate professor of historical theology at the Divinity School.
Smith was selected by Divinity School Dean Richard B. Hays to preach after graduating students made nominations.
Smith’s sermon will be based on the Old Testament text from 2 Samuel 6:1-12 and the New Testament text from 1 John 4:1-12. The theme will be bearing the covenant or the holy things of God "to the people is a fearful thing but the love poured out into our hearts by the Spirit is the love that casts out that fear.”
This 90-minute service of worship includes the traditional ritual of hooding for degree recipients. The event is open to the public.
The Baccalaureate service will be webcast live on the Duke Chapel webcast page  and on Duke's Ustream . An archive of the service also will be available afterward on the Duke Chapel webcast page.
Duke Divinity graduating students should meet before the Baccalaureate service in Goodson Chapel at 5:30 p.m.
In addition, Duke University’s 161st Commencement Ceremony will be held Sunday, May 12 at 10 a.m. in Wallace Wade Stadium. Andrew Barnhill, M.Div. '13, was selected by a Duke campus committee to deliver the student speech at the commencement ceremony, and Melinda Gates, philanthropist and businesswoman, will give the main address.
For details about the Baccalaureate Service, contact Duke Divinity School Chaplain Sally Bates  or call (919) 660-3459.