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Baccalaureate Service

This service for seniors and graduate students is held in Memorial Chapel.
Student speaking from the podium at the Baccalaureate service in Memorial Chapel
A distinguished speaker is invited to deliver the baccalaureate address. Students must appear in cap and gown 30 minutes prior to the service. Led by Marshals, the double column procession enters the south door of the chapel. Caps are worn during the processional, but are removed just before the invocation. After the benediction, caps are put back on for the recessional, in which students are led out of the chapel, two pews at a time, using both aisles.

A small number of family and friends will find room to sit in the chapel for the service. Your guests should arrive early if they hope to find a seat. We will also broadcast the service in 105 Lawrence for those guests who are unable to obtain seats in the chapel.

2015 Ceremony

Saturday, May 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Our baccalaureate speaker will be Rev. Gay Clark Jennings ‘74, the first ordained woman to be elected president of the Episcopal Church House of Deputies. As president, Jennings has been committed to fostering a new generation of leaders in the Episcopal Church and strengthening the church’s commitment to vulnerable children, immigrants, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

An ordained priest since 1979, she has held numerous leadership positions within the church and is the clergy representative to the Anglican Consultative Council.
Baccalaureate speaker, Rev. Gay Clark Jennings ‘74