Commencement Information for Seniors
Commencement is quickly approaching! Commencement events are being carefully planned in order to honor your achievements. Please be sure to check MyBC as well as the Commencement website for important Commencement information and reminders over the next few months.
Please be advised, seniors who have reasons that will make it impossible for them to attend Commencement must present a written request/notification to the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs by Friday, April 11, 2014.
Senior Salute will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25th and 26th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Boitnott Room. Please watch your mailbox and email for specific information.
The following will be participating in Senior Salute:
- Jostens – Jostens will be on hand for cap and gown pick-up and will also be able to help with ordering graduation announcements, class rings, etc.
- Office of the Registrar – The Registrar will be available to answer any questions regarding graduation requirements and eligibility
- Career Services – Career Services will be offering resume assistance and helping with job searches
- Alumni Relations – Alumni Relations can assist Seniors with alumni registration
- Ripples – Bridgewater College’s yearbook staff will be available for Seniors to reserve yearbooks
The cost of the cap and gown is included as a “graduation fee” on your college billing statement. This also includes the cost of your diploma.
Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Tuesday, May 13th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Nininger Hall. During rehearsal, seniors will be given additional information regarding the Baccalaureate and Commencement events, have a cap and gown demonstration, will practice forming the processional and receive instructions for the Commencement service, have the opportunity to clarify name pronunciation for the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs and will pick up their reserved seating tickets.
Following rehearsal, reserved seating tickets will be taken to the Information Desk at Kline Campus Center. If you are unable to make it to rehearsal, you will need to pick up your tickets from that location.
Rehearsal is mandatory – if you cannot attend, you will need to let Academic Affairs know.
Seniors will be able to pick up their honor cords from the Registrar’s Office on Friday, May 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A group photo of the Class of 2014 will be taken at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 17th on the home side bleachers at the football field. Seniors should arrive to the football stadium at 8:45 a.m.
Access to the photo area will limited to seniors and Commencement staff. We ask that all guests please be respectful of the photographer and Bridgewater College staff as they try to capture the group photo in an organized and timely manner, so as not to delay the start of Commencement.
Residence Hall Checkout
Residence hall checkout should be completed by 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. Exceptions will need to be cleared through student life.
Alumni Email Access
Following graduation, seniors can continue to use their Bridgewater email for as long as they choose. In order to do so you will need to sign up for alumni email access. If you do not sign up, your account will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to access e-mail. To sign up, go to bridgewater.edu/student-life/services/it-center/webmail and click the “Sign Up for Alumni Email Access” link.