2017 Baccalaureate

While the focal point of Commencement 2017 is the main ceremony on Friday morning, there are many activities earlier in the week. Chief among these are the Baccalaureate Ceremony and Dinner on Thursday, May 11.

Baccalaureate is a non-denominational, inter-faith celebration open to all students and their guests, and is a wonderful opportunity to bless our graduates as they proceed with the next stage of their lives. The highlight of the ceremony is a keynote address from a specially selected Baccalaureate speaker, as well as the participation of numerous university dignitaries and the religious directors who work with our student groups. The service itself will feature music and readings from a wide range of religious traditions, and conclude with a benediction over the graduating students. Regalia for students at this ceremony is optional.

Baccalaureate dinner for graduates and their families (a pre-paid event, $40 per person) is also available at 6:30 p.m., following the ceremony. Space is limited and last year’s dinner filled to capacity, so we urge you not to delay in making your reservation.


Baccalaureate, May 11, 2017

Ceremony in Bovard Auditorium

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

No tickets are required; seats available on a first come, first served basis. No regalia required for students.

Evening Dinner on Pardee Way

6:30 p.m.

$40.00 per person, seated dinner in tables of ten

RSVP starts in February 2017


Cancellation policy: cancellations for the dinner may be made at any time, however, full refunds will only be granted until April 7. Cancellations made between April 8 and April 21 will be given a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations made after April 21.