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Baccalaureate Worship Service
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 3:30 p.m. - Jones Auditorium

Baccalaureate is a celebration and spiritual reflection for graduates as they transition from their college years to the next phase of life. Members of the Class of 2017 will participate in their academic regalia. A special invitation is extended to families and guests to join graduates for this service.

Speaker: Donna Coletrane Battle, Meredith College Chaplain

Meredith College Chaplain Donna Coletrane Battle is a native of Yanceyville, N.C. Prior to joining the Meredith community, Battle served as the executive pastor of the Way Christian Center in Berkeley, Calif., as well as life coach and associate dean of the Chapel at Shaw University. For the past 12 years, she has been engaging and facilitating groups in the areas of building healthy relationships, identity, cultivating ethics, values, diversity, conflict resolution and justice. She has led trainings and retreats for groups at Shaw University, NC State University, Meredith College, UC Berkeley, ResCare (Wake County), and various other organizations and churches across the northeast and in California.

On July 15, 2001, Battle was licensed to preach by Blackwell Missionary Baptist Church, and she was ordained in May 2005 by the Cedar Missionary Baptist Association. She holds a B.A. in public relations from NC A&T State University, a M.Div. from Duke University and is currently completing a Ph.D. program in marriage and family therapy at Eastern University. Her dissertation topic is the experience of unmarried black women who have a desire to be married. She is married to Dedrick Nathaniel Battle, and together they have two children, Caio, 6, and Coletrane, 2. 




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