Many students and parents often have questions about baccalaureate service and the tradition behind the service. As a church-related institution, Rocky Mountain College offers a baccalaureate service for graduates and their families.
Baccalaureate is a service of worship that honors a graduating class. The service celebrates learning and typically includes a farewell speech or sermon delivered to graduates, as well as readings, prayers, hymns, and special music.
The baccalaureate service is believed to have originated at Oxford University in 1432 when each bachelor was required to deliver a sermon in Latin as part of his academic exercise. Since the earliest universities were founded primarily to educate ministers, the practice of the baccalaureate service was continued, and until recent years, these services were common in most communities.
At Rocky Mountain College, the tradition of holding a baccalaureate service ties to our church-related history. Most students find it a meaningful component of the commencement weekend activities. While the service is grounded in Christian tradition, the student planning committee incorporates elements that make the service comfortable and interesting for persons from a variety of backgrounds.
This year, baccalaureate will be held at First Presbyterian Church (2420 13th Street West) at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Sam Hamm, associate professor of music, will be the speaker and musical performances will include RMC student Keli Rhea Mitchell and the RMC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Robing and lineup begins at 7:00 p.m. All graduating seniors, friends, and families are encouraged to attend.