Baccalaureate Ceremony FAQs

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be holding a Baccalaureate Ceremony.

What is Baccalaureate?

Baccalaureate is a one-hour religious service honoring the graduating class. During the service, an address in the form of a sermon is delivered by a faculty member or respected leader in the religious community. Faculty, graduates and their “hooders” process in cap and gown for the ceremony.

Is attendance mandatory for students?

No, the service is not mandatory, but it is well-attended by graduates and their families each year.

When will Commencement be held?
  • Class of 2020:  Friday, May 7, 2021, 5:00 p.m. on the Main Lawn
  • Class of 2021:  Saturday, May 8, 2021, 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the Main Lawn
When will I receive my cap & gown?

The Class of 2020 has already received caps and gowns. The Class of 2021 has ordered their regalia through the office of the Registrar and pick up details to come.  If you have not already done so, please contact the Office of the Registrar at

Mortarboards (your cap) may be decorated in a 2-dimensional fashion only. 

Will we receive Honor Cords?

Students who are eligible to graduate with Latin Honors at the end of the Fall semester prior to graduation will be able to wear Honor Cords at Commencement.  Honor Cords will be presented to you just prior to Commencement so that you can wear it on that day.  If you are unable to attend, we will gladly mail them to you.

When will we receive diplomas?

Diplomas are mailed to your preferred address after all of your degree requirements are met (conferral) and balances are paid.  If you have not received your diploma by August 1 please contact the Office of the Registrar at

Office of the Registrar
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