NORMAN — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host a graduation ceremony for the class of 2013 seminary and institute graduates at 6 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of the Norman meetinghouse, 1506 W. Imhoff Road.
The graduation ceremony will honor 20 high school seniors who have participated in seminary during their high school years in Ardmore, Ada, Blanchard, Newcastle, Chickasha, Noble, Norman, Pauls Valley and Seminole. The program is comprised of short talks on spiritual topics by students, a musical presentation and presentation of diplomas.
Six university seniors will be recognized for completing 14 hours of courses for a regular diploma, and one will be recognized for completing 22 hours of courses for a certificate of advanced achievement.
Seminary is a worldwide, four-year religious educational program for youth ages 14 through 18 that’s operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but is open to teenagers of all faiths.
In seminary, students and their teachers meet each weekday during the school year to study scripture. The curriculum is organized in a sequential manner. Instruction concentrates on a different volume of scripture each year, rotating between these four courses: Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants and Church History.
By the time a student graduates from seminary, he or she will have completed the study of all of the standard works of scripture.
Daily seminary classes are taught by a volunteer teacher from local church units. College-age Mormon students enroll in classes on religion in addition to their regular studies or employment.
The first institute classes were hosted in Moscow, Idaho, in 1926 with 25 students. There are now more than 337,000 worldwide. The “institute” classes are for young single adults ages 18 to 30 and married college students.