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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 month.

Please be advised, seniors who have reasons that will make it impossible for them to attend Commencement should have presented a written request/notification to the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs by Friday, April 11, 2014.

Commencement Rehearsal

Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Tuesday, May 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Carter Center. 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, will pick up their reserved seating tickets and can pre-purchase guest tickets for the Baccalaureate Dinner.

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.

Honor Cords

Seniors will be able to pick up their honor cords from the Registrar’s Office on Friday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Group Photo

A group photo of the Class of 2014 will be taken at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 17 on the home side bleachers at the football field. Seniors should arrive to the football stadium at 8:45 a.m.. In the case of inclement weather, the class photo will be taken in the Carter Center.

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 and click the “Sign Up for Alumni Email Access” link.