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 college 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.

In 2016, we are excited to announce the addition of two new traditions to our Centenary Baccalaureate.  During the service, graduates will be invited to receive an academic stole.  This stole will be Centenary “blue” in color, with a imprint of our Centenary emblem.  Directly after the ceremony, all graduates and families are invited to capture their special day in our new graduate photo booth area.  The printed photos and stoles are our gifts to our graduates.