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Commencement Information 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.

Regalia Ordering

Graduates will order caps and gowns via the Jostens website. The deadline for ordering regalia is February 3, 2022. Graduates will pick up their regalia during the Bridgewater College Grad Fair in March. Additional details regarding the Grad Fair will be forthcoming.

Commencement Rehearsal

Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Thursday, May 5 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, 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 and can pre-purchase guest tickets for the Baccalaureate Reception. Graduates will receive their reserved seating tickets following the conclusion of rehearsal.

Rehearsal is mandatory – if you cannot attend, you will need to email commencement@bridgewater.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Baccalaureate

When and where is Baccalaureate?

Baccalaureate will be held in Nininger Hall at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2022.

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. Graduates will be wearing their caps and gowns.

If we attend Baccalaureate, are we required to attend the Baccalaureate reception?

No, the Baccalaureate reception is optional for our guests.

When is the Baccalaureate reception and how much will it cost?

The Baccalaureate reception will be held in the Kline Campus Center Dining Hall directly following the Baccalaureate Service at approximately 7 p.m. Additional information will be forthcoming.  

Commencement

When and where is Commencement?

Commencement will be held Saturday, May 7, 2022 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 prior to May 7; however, the live stream will not start until shortly before Commencement Exercises begin at 10 a.m. on May 7.

How long will Commencement last?

Commencement is approximately two hours.

Is there reserved seating?

Yes, there is a reserved seating section. Graduates 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 graduates get their caps and gowns?

Graduates will order their regalia via the Jostens website, to be picked up during the Grad Fair in March. The deadline to order regalia is February 3, 2022. Graduates will receive emailed instructions regarding how to order their regalia.

When and how do graduates get their announcements?

Graduates will be able to order announcements directly from Jostens during the Grad Fair in March. Graduates 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

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

To see parking availability for all of Bridgewater Campus, please see the Bridgewater College Campus Map. Additionally, handicapped parking will be available along East College Street and in the Carter Center parking lot for those with handicapped tags or placards. Bridgewater College Campus Police will be along East College Street to assist with handicapped parking.