I’ve experienced quite a bit of academic liturgy this year – two family graduations (one lasting all day in two different institutions) and today, the graduation of students from the Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church (TISEC) in Perth Cathedral.
I wanted to sing hymns at the secular university graduations, I suppose because it seemed so like a church service, with processions, robes and so on. And I wanted a celebration of Holy Communion at the TISEC graduation because it was even more a church service.
But that’s not the only reason: the students clearly form such a close community, and the staff too – it being a very small operation, really – that as a Christian community, it seems natural to express that in the Eucharist.
We didn’t get a rainbow cake at the secular universities.