A Longstanding Tradition

Many students and parents have questions about the Baccalaureate service and the tradition behind the service.

Historically, Baccalaureate is a service of worship that honors a graduating class. While the tradition is grounded in Christian tradition, the student planning committee is careful to incorporate elements that make the service comfortable and interesting for persons from a variety of backgrounds. Typically, there are readings from diverse traditions. A faculty member is asked to speak, and the choir performs. Graduates provide musical selections, prayers, and other special  touches. The service is offered in a formal setting, but is typically festive and relaxed. Most students find it a meaningful component of the commencement weekend activities.

The Baccalaureate service will be held on Friday, April 26, 2024, at First Presbyterian Church, located across from campus at the  corner of Poly Drive and 13th St W. Graduates are asked to wear robes but not caps. Arrive at the church at 7:00pm to robe and line up. The service begins at 7:30pm.

All are welcome.