Baccalaureate Service

The baccalaureate service is an interfaith service of thanksgiving. The first baccalaureate service dates back to 1432 at Oxford University, England.

In thanksgiving, a baccalaureate service will be held on Thursday, May 9  on the Sutter Oval.

Please line up for the baccalaureate processional no later than 3:30 p.m. inside the Spiro Sports Center’s Sutter Gymnasium.

Students do not need to wear caps and gowns for this ceremony; but they should dress in business attire.

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Baccalaureate is a Latin word meaning the bachelor's degree. Its literal meaning is bacca (berry) plus laureus (of laurel) — the prize that ancient Olympians received for winning a track or field event. The name remains, although your prize is more valuable: a degree! For most of you, that degree represents the hard work and sacrifice of many people: your parents and other members of your family, your teachers, probably some friends — and, of course, yourself.