RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Unique, a one of a kind Hindu baccalaureate service, was held at University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) on the night of April 21.
The service is held to bless the graduating class in traditional Hindu style. This includes applying tilak (religious mark) on the foreheads of graduates, participatory reading of Gayatri Mantra in Sanskrit, keynote address by a Swami and kirtan (sacred chant). In addition, it also included blessings by Christian (various denominations), Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Native American, Baha’i, etc., representatives who recited prayers in Arabic, Pali, Hebrew, Paiute, Spanish besides English.
Organized by Universal Society of Hinduism (USOH), the ceremony is in collaboration with UNR Diverse Organization of South Asians and UNR Interfaith Students Club (ISC).
Special certificates were issued to graduates with the parting advice “dharma chara” (practice righteousness).
Washoe County had issued a special Resolution to mark the significance of First Annual Hindu Baccalaureate Service of UNR. Baccalaureate service basically means service where a sermon is delivered to the graduating class.