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Baccalaureate Information

Honoring the graduating class

Bridgewater’s Baccalaureate Service will be held Friday, May 1, 2020 at 6 p.m. in Nininger Hall.

What is Baccalaureate?

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. This is also the first opportunity graduates have to wear their caps and gowns. Baccalaureate is open to any guests that would like to attend.


Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate service on Friday evening.


A reception will be held following the Baccalaureate Service, at approximately 7 p.m., in the Main Dining Hall, Kline Campus Center. Guests can arrive at the reception directly following the conclusion of the Baccalaureate Service. President Bushman will give a greeting at 7:30 p.m.

Graduates who wish to attend the Baccalaureate reception will not be charged as long as they present their college IDs at the door. Guests will pay at a rate of $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 10 and under, if tickets are purchased in advance. The price at the door that evening will be $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 10 and under. Heavy hors d’oeuveres, dessert and a variety of drinks, including coffee, will be offered at the reception.

In order to avoid lines at the door and to take advantage of pre-purchase pricing, there will be opportunities to pre-pay for the reception by purchasing tickets in advance. The Dining Hall will have tickets available for purchase beginning Monday, April 27. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted by the cashier at the entrance to the Dining Hall.

In addition, Parkhurst Dining will be on the Campus Mall following Commencement Rehearsal for graduates and also prior to the Baccalaureate service. Graduates can purchase reception tickets following rehearsal on Thursday, April 30, or guests can purchase tickets ahead of Baccalaureate. Only cash or checks will be accepted at those times.