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Frequently Asked Questions about Commencement and Baccalaureate

FAQs for Commencement & Baccalaureate


When and where is Baccalaureate?
Baccalaureate will be held in Nininger Hall at 6:00 PM on Friday, May 1, 2020.

What is Baccalaureate? Is it required?
Baccalaureate is a worship service honoring the graduating class. The service will last approximately one hour and includes multiple hymns, musical selections from the choir and the Baccalaureate message. Baccalaureate is open to any guests that would like to attend and is not required.

Will there be a live stream of Baccalaureate?
No, there will not be a live stream of Baccalaureate.

How should we dress for Baccalaureate?
Worship attire is recommended. Graduates will be wearing their caps and gowns.

If we attend Baccalaureate, are we required to attend the Baccalaureate reception?
No, the Baccalaureate reception is optional for our guests.

When is the Baccalaureate reception and how much will it cost?
The Baccalaureate reception will be held in the Kline Campus Center Dining Hall directly following the Baccalaureate Service at approximately 7:00 PM. Information regarding opportunities to purchase reception tickets in advance will be announced closer to Baccalaureate. The cost of the Baccalaureate reception is $15 for adults and $10 for children ten and under, if tickets are pre-purchased. For those that do not pre-purchase reception tickets, the cost at the door that evening will be $20 for adults and $15 for children ten and under. Graduates will be covered as long as they present their IDs.


When and where is Commencement?
Commencement will be held Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM on the Campus Mall.

Will there be a live stream of Commencement?
Yes, there will be a live stream of Commencement. The link to the live stream will be available on the Commencement Website beginning the morning of Commencement.

How long will Commencement last?
Commencement is approximately two hours.

Is there reserved seating?
Yes, there is a reserved seating section. Graduates will be given four reserved seating tickets for their guests. For more information on seating, please see the “Tickets” section on the Commencement page.

Caps, Gowns and Other

When do graduates get their caps and gowns? How much do they cost?
Graduates will pick up their caps and gowns during Senior Salute. Senior Salute will be held on March 25 and 26, 2020. The cost of the cap and gown is included in tuition.

When and how do graduates get their announcements?
Graduates will be able to order announcements directly from Jostens during Senior Salute. Graduates can also order announcements and other items from the Jostens website at any time.

When do graduates receive their diploma?
Diplomas will be given to graduates as they cross the stage during the Commencement exercises.


Commencement will be held under a tent on the Campus Mall, rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, guests will be directed to safe locations for viewing.


If you will be claiming a handicapped parking space, you must have handicapped parking tags. Handicapped parking will be located along the north side of College Street, up to the Kline Campus Center. An officer will be present to assist with parking. Please see the Bridgewater College Baccalaureate and Commencement Campus Map (.pdf) for handicapped parking locations along College Street. To view all parking options on campus, please refer to our main Bridgewater College Campus Map page.