Commencement Information for Senior Students

Commencement is fast approaching. Please be sure to check MyBC, as well as the Commencement webpages, 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 should have presented a written request/notification to the vice president and dean for academic affairs by Friday, April 10, 2015.

Senior Salute

Senior Salute will be held Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Boitnott Room. Please watch your email and MyBC for specific information.

The following will be participating in Senior Salute:

You do not need to order your cap and gown; you simply need to attend Senior Salute in order to pick up your cap, gown, tassel, etc. 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

Commencement rehearsal will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. under the tent on the Campus Mall. In the case of inclement weather, an alternative location will be announced. 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. Someone will be available to hand out tickets through Saturday morning. Please be sure to bring your college ID if you are picking up your tickets from the Information Desk.

Rehearsal is mandatory. If you cannot attend, you will need to let Academic Affairs know.

Baccalaureate Dinner

If you are participating in Baccalaureate, please speak with your parents and guests regarding plans to attend dinner. If you were unable to stop by the Graduation Pledge Table on May 6 and May 7 to confirm your plans, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in Academic Affairs and let her know if you and your guests are planning to attend the Baccalaureate Dinner. If you are attending the dinner, please let Ms. Ritchie know how many guests to expect.

Please note, Parkhurst 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 on the evening of Baccalaureate. If you are interested in pre-purchasing dinner tickets following rehearsal, you will need to pay with either cash or a check made out to Parkhurst Dining.

For additional information regarding the Baccalaureate dinner, please visit the Baccalaureate page.   

Honor Cords

Seniors will be able to pick up their honor cords from the Registrar’s office on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Group Photo

A group photo of the Class of 2015 will be taken at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015 on the home side bleachers at the football field. Seniors should arrive at the football stadium at 8:45 a.m. In the case of inclement weather, the class photo will be taken in Nininger Hall.

Access to the photo area will be 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 16, 2015. 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.