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Commencement Information for Graduates

Important final touches for graduates

Commencement events are being carefully planned in order to honor your achievements. Please be sure to check your email, as well as the Commencement website, for important information and reminders in the months leading up to Commencement. Please be advised, seniors who have reasons that will make it impossible for them to attend Commencement should present a written request/notification to the Provost by Friday, April 3, 2020.

Senior Salute

Senior Salute will be held Wednesday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Eagle’s Nest. Please watch your email closer to the event for specific information.

The following will be participating in Senior Salute:

  • Jostens – Jostens will be on hand for cap and gown pick-up and will also be able to help with ordering graduation announcements, class rings, etc.
  • Office of the Registrar – The Registrar will be available to answer any questions regarding graduation requirements and eligibility
  • Career Services – Career Services will be offering advice and assistance for life after graduation including writing resumes, job search assistance, and graduate school selection
  • Alumni Relations – Alumni Relations can assist graduates with alumni registration
  • IT Center – The IT Center will be available to answer questions regarding IT changes for graduates following Commencement, including how graduates can keep their Bridgewater College email

Commencement Rehearsal

Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Thursday, April 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. under the tent on the Campus Mall.

In the case of inclement weather, an alternative location will be announced. During rehearsal, graduates will be given additional information regarding the Baccalaureate and Commencement events, have a cap and gown demonstration, will review forming the processional and receive instructions for the Commencement service, will pick up their reserved-seating tickets and can pre-purchase guest tickets for the Baccalaureate Reception.

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 the morning of Commencement. 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 email

Honor Cords

Graduates will be able to pick up their honor cords from the Registrar’s Office on Friday, May 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Baccalaureate Reception

If you are participating in Baccalaureate, please speak with your guests regarding plans to attend the reception. We would like an estimate of the number of people to expect and will be requesting this information following Commencement rehearsal, as you pick up your reserved-seating tickets. If you are unable to make it to rehearsal but are planning on attending the reception, please contact to let us know. Please note, Parkhurst will be on-hand following Commencement rehearsal for graduates to buy reception tickets for their guests. If you know that you and your guests plan to attend the Baccalaureate reception, you may want to purchase their tickets following rehearsal to avoid any lines at the door the evening of Baccalaureate and to take advantage of the pre-purchasing price. If you are interested in pre-purchasing reception tickets following rehearsal you will need to pay with either cash or a check made out to Parkhurst Dining.

Additional information regarding the Baccalaureate Reception can be found on the Baccalaureate page.

Group Photos

A group photo of the Class of 2020 will be taken at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 on the home side bleachers at the football field. Seniors should arrive to the football stadium no later than 9 a.m.. In the case of inclement weather, the class photo will be taken in Nininger Hall.

Group photos for Masters graduates will be taken at 9:20 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 (location TBA). Masters graduates should arrive to the Memorial Hall steps no later than 9:10 a.m. In the case of inclement weather, class photos will be taken in Nininger Hall.

Access to the photo area will be limited to graduates 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 no later than 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 2. Exceptions will need to be requested through the Closing Request Form that Residence Life will be sending out in April.  The form will close at midnight on April 21. You will receive a response to your request no later than the end of the business day on April 23, 2020.

Alumni Email and Box Access

Following graduation, graduates 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. Sign up for alumni email and for instructions on how to access Box following graduation.