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Baccalaureate Information

Bridgewater’s Baccalaureate Service will be held Friday, May 16 at 6 p.m. on the Campus Mall.

What is Baccalaureate?

Baccalaureate is a worship service honoring the graduating class. The service will last approximately one hour and includes multiple hymns, musical selections from the choir and the Baccalaureate message. This is also the first opportunity seniors have to wear their caps and gowns.


Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate Service on Friday evening.


Dinner will be held following the Baccalaureate Service, at approximately 7 p.m., in the Main Dining Hall, Kline Campus Center. All graduates will be covered as long as they present their college ID at the door. Guests will pay at the door, at a rate of $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12 (excluding tax). You will be able to pre-pay for the dinner by purchasing tickets in advance.

Seniors: If you are participating in Baccalaureate, please speak with your parents and guests regarding plans to attend dinner. We would like an estimate of the number of people to expect and will be requesting this information following Commencement rehearsal, as you pick up your reserved seating tickets. If you are unable to make it to rehearsal but are planning on attending the dinner, please contact Courtney Ritchie in Academic Affairs ( Please note Parkhurst Dining will be available following Commencement rehearsal for seniors to buy dinner tickets for their guests. If you know that you and your guests plan to attend the Baccalaureate dinner, you may want to purchase their tickets following rehearsal to avoid any lines at the door the evening of Baccalaureate. If you pre-purchase dinner tickets following rehearsal, you will need to pay with either cash or a check made out to Parkhurst Dining.