Seminary graduation is Sunday

By MEGAN HALL, News Review Contributor

Every weekday before classes begin at Burroughs High School, teenagers file into the doors of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a 55-minute scripture study class called seminary.

On Sunday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stake Center (1031 S Norma Street), the seniors who have studied the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants will graduate from seminary. The students who have finished this year’s New Testament studies will also be recognized. Burroughs band teacher Simon Austin will receive the seminary student-nominated Excellence in Education Award.

One seminary student said, “Seminary is the best way to start my day! There’s music, prayer, and a calming sense of peace as we learn about Jesus Christ through the scriptures.”

Another student, also in Austin’s symphonic band class period 1, said, “Going to band after seminary was something I’ve looked forward to every day for four years! I have learned so much from Mr. Austin and I enjoy the camaraderie of working with other students to create beautiful music under his direction!”

Austin is exiting his 29-year career as a high school band director to become the music director at Murray Middle School. “When we heard Mr. Austin was leaving the high school and saw the compelling nomination forms with his name on them, our committee felt he was a great choice to be this year’s Excellence in Education Award recipient,” said Spencer Hall who oversees the seminary program in Ridgecrest. Austin said he is “deeply honored” to receive the nomination and looks forward to Sunday’s ceremony.

The public is invited to bring an instrument to seminary graduation. After graduation, a jam session with Austin will be held in the church’s cultural hall.

Story First Published: 2017-06-02