What is a Baccalaureate Service?
The Baccalaureate Service is a medieval tradition that incorporates the custom of presenting the candidates for the degree of bachelor (bacci) with the laurels (lauri) of sermonic oration. Legend states that the baccalaureate ceremony can be traced as far back as a statute dated 1432 at Oxford University that required each bachelor degree candidate to deliver a sermon in Latin as part of his academic exercise. Because the earliest institutions of higher learning in this country were founded primarily to educate clergy, the British practice of a baccalaureate service has continued. Today, the baccalaureate service is a farewell address delivered as a sermon to a graduating class, and as an institution of faith, Reinhardt continues to celebrate this tradition.
Parking: in the Falany Performing Arts Center and Hagan Chapel lots on the Main Campus in Waleska, Ga. Directions >
Handicapped parking: in designated areas adjacent to the event location.
When should Guests arrive? Guests should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony. Seating is first-come, first-serve, so earlier arrivals have more seating choices.
Line-up: Typically line up begins 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony in the Galt Performance Hall (room 111), Falany Performing Arts Center
Graduate Dress: Graduation gowns without caps.
For more information on baccalaureate, please contact:
The Rev. Jordan Thrasher
The Norman W. Paschall Office of Campus Ministry