Baccalaureate is an inter-faith candle lighting service that begins the commencement weekend activities for our students and their families. In addition to readings and music offered by members of the class, President Harring will address the gathering and several seniors will offer reflections. Although optional, this event is attended by the vast majority of the class and by their families and friends. The ceremony lasts about 1 hour.

Baccalaureate takes place on the Saturday evening of Commencement weekend at 8:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Haas College Center (rain location is Memorial Hall). Students are to assemble in the Empie Theatre in the Baker Center for the Arts building at 8:00 p.m. Students will process from the C/A to the front lawn. Caps and gowns are not worn at Baccalaureate by any of the participants. Faculty and staff may sit with the families and friends of graduates. Plan to arrive early as seats fill quickly.

No tickets are required unless the ceremony is moved into Memorial Hall due to inclement weather. Graduates will receive three (3) rain tickets at the 11:00 mandatory student meeting that morning.