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Frequently Asked Questions about Commencement and Baccalaureate


When and where is Baccalaureate?
Baccalaureate will be held under the tent on the Campus Mall at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2018.

What is Baccalaureate? Is it required?
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. Baccalaureate is open to any guests that would like to attend and is not required.

Will there be a live stream of Baccalaureate?
No, there will not be a live stream of Baccalaureate.

How should we dress for Baccalaureate?
Worship attire is recommended. Seniors will be wearing their caps and gowns.

If we attend Baccalaureate, are we required to attend the Baccalaureate dinner?
No, the Baccalaureate dinner is optional for our guests.

When is the Baccalaureate dinner and how much will it cost?
The Baccalaureate dinner will be held in the Kline Campus Center Dining Hall directly following the Baccalaureate Service at approximately 7 p.m. Graduates who wish to attend the Baccalaureate dinner will not be charged for dinner as long as they present their college ID at the door. Guests will pay at a rate of $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 5-12. The Dining Hall will have tickets available for purchase beginning Monday, April 30. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted by the cashier at the entrance to the Dining Hall.

In addition, Parkhurst will be on the Campus Mall following Commencement Rehearsal on May 3 and also prior to the Baccalaureate service on May 4. Seniors can purchase dinner tickets following rehearsal, or guests can purchase tickets ahead of Baccalaureate. Only cash or checks will be accepted at those times.


When and where is Commencement?
Commencement will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. on the Campus Mall.

Will there be a live stream of Commencement?
Yes, there will be a live stream of Commencement. The link to the live stream will be available on the Commencement website beginning the morning of Commencement.

How long will Commencement last?
Commencement is approximately two hours.

Is there reserved seating?
There is a reserved seating section. Seniors will be given four reserved seating tickets for their guests. For more information on seating, please see the “Tickets” section on the Commencement page.

Caps, Gowns and Other

When do seniors get their caps and gowns? How much do they cost?
Seniors will pick up their caps and gowns during Senior Salute. Senior Salute will be held on March 27 and March 28. The cost of the cap and gown is included in tuition. Please see the Information for Senior Students page for additional information.

When and how do seniors get their announcements?
Seniors will be able to order announcements directly from Jostens during Senior Salute. Seniors can also order announcements and other items from the Jostens website at any time.

When do graduates receive their diploma?
If seniors have completed all of their requirements for graduation, they will receive their diploma as they cross the stage during the Commencement exercises. If there are remaining requirements, seniors will be mailed their diploma upon completion of those requirements.


Baccalaureate will be held under a tent on the Campus Mall, rain or shine. If there is the potential for severe weather, an alternate location will be announced via the website.

Commencement will be held under a tent on the Campus Mall, rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, guests will be directed to safe locations for viewing.


Please see the Baccalaureate and Commencement Campus Map (.pdf) for detailed information.

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