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Baccalaureate '14

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014

Start Time: 6:30 p.m. 

Arrival Time for Graduates - 6 p.m. in room 111 

Graduate attire: graduation gowns without caps 

Place: Floyd A. and Fay W. Falany Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall

Student Participants

Several students are selected each year to participate in the Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises.  They are chosen from a large number of nominated students based on their academic achievements, activity, and leadership while representing the character, integrity, and mission of Reinhardt.  Their names and roles will be announced closer to the event.  

Baccalaureate Speaker: The Rev. Leigh S. Martin

The Rev. Erik Mays, Reinhardt Class of 2003, gave the 2012 baccalaureate address.

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
University Chaplain
The Norman W. Paschall Office of Campus Ministry