Location: Sitnik Theater in the David and Carol Lackland Center.

The Baccalaureate, also known as the Blessing of the Graduates, is a centuries-old religious graduation tradition that started in England, but in the United States, the term generally refers to a non-denominational ceremony, that, at Centenary, is held on the morning of our May Commencement Ceremony.  Our baccalaureate ceremony offers a quieter, more intimate opportunity to pause and reflect on this rite of passage, listen to inspirational music, readings, and reflections from our Chaplain.  It is a joyous occasion for the entire university community: a time to rejoice, to praise, to honor and to celebrate with each other the life of learning, so richly shared by members of this community.

During the service, our attending graduates will receive a academic stole in our Centenary University colors.  Directly after the service, all graduates and their families are invited to capture their special day in our graduate photo booth area.  The printed photos and stoles are our gifts to our graduates.