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Baccalaureate Ceremony

The Baccalaureate Ceremony will be held on the University Green (front lawn of Main Building). The program is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016. Baccalaureate is optional. Students and their honorees for the hooding ceremony are to line up in Dinwiddie Chapel at 5:30 p.m. 

Prior to Baccalaureate, students should select an honoree (family member, friend, mentor or significant other) for the hooding ceremony during the Baccalaureate service. When considering honoree selection, a student should think of an individual who has played a significant role in him/her becoming a graduate. Please note that while a faculty member may be someone that many will want to consider asking, they will have a significant role in the ceremony and may not be able to be an individual graduate's honoree. If a student has any questions about selecting an honoree, please consult with Dawn Dillon [Director of Retention and First-Year Experience]. This individual will sit with the student during the Friday evening Baccalaureate service and will officially hood the student in preparation for the Commencement ceremony. Further instructions will be given at Commencement rehearsal.

Dress Requirement:  Graduates: Cap and Gown (with hood and/or honor cords if applicable)

Attendance:  There is no limit to the number of guests students may invite to either Baccalaureate or Commencement. However, seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. In an effort to be equitable, "reserved seat" signs on the chairs are not permitted. Thank you for your cooperation.

Bookstore: The Bookstore will be open until 8:00 p.m. on Friday