Baccalaureate Ceremony FAQs

What is Baccalaureate?

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. Faculty and graduates process in cap and gown for the ceremony. A ticket is required; graduates can reserve up to two tickets online for family members. Graduates who process do not need a ticket. Weather permitting, overflow seating and simulcast viewing will be available on Hearn Plaza.

Is attendance mandatory for students?

No, the service is not mandatory, but it is well-attended by graduates and their families each year.

What changes in case of rain?

Baccalaureate will still be held in Wait Chapel on Sunday, May 19, at 9:00 a.m., but faculty and students will line up under covered areas in the dorm quads as much as possible. The simulcast from Hearn Plaza might be canceled in case of rain.

Should guests come early to Baccalaureate?

Seating inside Wait Chapel is limited and on a first-come basis. Tickets do not guarantee admission. Doors open at 8:00 a.m., but guests can expect to wait in line on Hearn Plaza before entering the Chapel. Graduates who process do not need tickets.

Where do students line up?

Students should assemble in cap and gown no later than 8:00 a.m. according to degree group. BA graduates will assemble in front of the Deacon Shop. BS and all other graduates will assemble in front of Subway.