Baccalaureate Service

SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2020, 9:00 A.M.

Baccalaureate is a one-hour religious service honoring the graduating class. During the service, an address in the form of a sermon is delivered by a faculty member or respected leader in the religious community.

Tickets are complimentary but must be reserved in advance. Each graduate is allowed a maximum of two tickets for guests; graduates who march in the processional do not need tickets. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Seating inside Wait Chapel is limited and available on a first-come basis. A ticket does not guarantee admittance and guests should anticipate a line. In the event of rain, the service will be held as planned. Weather permitting, overflow seating and simulcast viewing will be available on Hearn Plaza.

The Baccalaureate Brunch will be held on Magnolia Patio from 10:00 a.m. to noon following the Baccalaureate service (rain location: Reynolda Hall cafeteria). Tickets must be purchased online in advance for guests and graduates and are non-refundable. Preview menu here.

Tickets are not mailed. Graduate and professional school students will receive ticket information and regalia distribution schedules from their respective schools. More ticket information

Baccalaureate seating policy: This event is very well-attended and seating is limited in Wait Chapel. Each graduate is allotted two tickets, and graduates processing in cap and gown with classmates do not need a ticket. Guests must enter the chapel with everyone in their party in order to be seated together after the doors open at 8:00 a.m. Guests will be escorted by staff to the next available seats. All seats will be filled with no empty seats between guests. Saved seats are not permitted. Baccalaureate guests should anticipate a line to enter the Chapel and should be aware that a ticket does not guarantee admission. Weather-permitting, overflow seating and simulcast viewing will be available on Hearn Plaza. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to accommodate as many families as possible inside the Chapel.

Bag check information

As part of Wake Forest’s security measures for Commencement weekend events, all bags brought into Baccalaureate, hooding ceremonies, and Commencement will be checked.

The bag checks are intended to enhance the University’s comprehensive efforts to ensure a safe and secure setting for Commencement weekend activities.  The practice of checking bags at such events is being introduced at an increasing number of colleges and universities nationwide.

Wake Forest is encouraging guests not to bring a bag, if possible, to Baccalaureate, the hooding ceremonies, and Commencement.  Anyone bringing any kind of bag will have their bag checked before entering the venues for those events.

During Commencement weekend, the bag checks will begin on Saturday, May 16, at hooding ceremonies in Wait Chapel. Bags will be checked outside Wait Chapel’s entrance.

Bag checks outside Wait Chapel’s entrance will continue on Sunday, May 17, for the 9 a.m. Baccalaureate service and the hooding ceremonies that take place later in the day.

On Monday, May 18, bag checks will be conducted at all entrances to Hearn Plaza.  The checks will begin at 6 a.m.  Commencement is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Such checks during Commencement weekend will assist the University in preventing numerous prohibited items from being brought to the Baccalaureate, hooding ceremonies, and Commencement.  Prohibited items include tripods, alcohol, pocket knives and other weapons of any kind.  The list also includes signs on sticks, suitcases and pets.

Bag checks will be conducted at LJVM Coliseum if the University were to implement the Commencement rain plan and move commencement on Monday to the coliseum.

Please factor in time for bag checks as you make plans to travel to campus for Commencement weekend events.

Bag check and list of prohibited items which include tripods, alcohol, pocket knives, weapons of any kind, signs on sticks, suitcases and pets.