Frequently Asked Questions about Commencement and Baccalaureate

Baccalaureate

When and where is Baccalaureate?
Baccalaureate will be held under the tent on the Campus Mall at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017.

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. Cost for the dinner is $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 5 – 12. Senior students will be covered as long as they present their ID.

Commencement

When and where is Commencement?
Commencement will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 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 14 and March 15. 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?
Diplomas will be given to graduates as they cross the stage during the Commencement exercises.

Weather

Baccalaureate
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 bridgewater.edu website.

Commencement
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.

Parking

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

Questions? Contact Us!

commencement@bridgewater.edu