Baccalaureate Mass

Baccalaureate, Friday May 13, 2022 2:00 P.M.

We invite you to join us at the Baccalaureate Mass honoring the graduating class of 2022.

  • Friday, May 13, 2022, at 2 p.m
  • Location: Commencement Tent
  • All students and their guests, regardless of religious affiliation, are invited.
  • Graduates wishing to process should assemble in the Jean Yawkey Center Gymnasium dressed in their regalia. The hood will not be worn during the mass.

Baccalaureate Facts

•  The ceremony is a service in celebration of and thanksgiving for lives dedicated to learning and wisdom.

•  The baccalaureate service derives from the medieval European custom of presenting the candidates for the degree of Bachelor (bacca) with laurels (lauri) of sermonic oration. 

•  The baccalaureate service is believed to have originated at the University of Oxford in 1432 when each bachelor was required to deliver a sermon in Latin as part of his academic requirements. Since the earliest universities in America were founded primarily to educate ministers, the British practice of the baccalaureate service was continued.

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