Centenary plans COVID-19 memorial service for campus community
SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary will host a campus-wide COVID-19 memorial service on Thursday, April 22, at 11:10 a.m. in the Hargrove Memorial Amphitheater (the Shell). The service is open to all Centenary students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their family members. Masks and appropriate social distancing are required for all attendees.
The memorial service will feature musical selections from Centenary’s Camerata choral ensemble, a poetry reading by Dr. Emily Leithauser, assistant professor of English, and the dedication of a memorial tree. The tree will be planted near the amphitheater to remember those who died of or were impacted by COVID-19, especially the friends and family of those connected to the Centenary community.
"Centenary recognizes the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our students, faculty, staff, and community,” said Dr. Karen Soul, provost and dean of the college at Centenary. “This memorial convocation is held to honor the immense loss of family and friends, as well as the loss of rituals and special events, as felt by so many of our students. In addition, this community event seeks to recognize the resilience of our campus, community, nation, and world as we heal and move forward together."