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 14, 2020 at 4 p.m.  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.


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.