Baccalaureate Service

Baccalaureate is a celebration that honors graduates (undergraduates, both traditional and non-traditional) and is a Christian-based, interdenominational service. Attendance is required for graduates (undergraduate – traditional and non-traditional).

Friday, May 17, 2019
6 p.m.
Jane M. Smith Memorial Church

  • Graduates (undergraduate – traditional and non-traditional) will assemble in Biddle Hall - Sarah Belk Gambrell Auditorium at 5 p.m.   
  • Cap and Gown (note: honor cords, tassels, medallions, fraternity and sorority kente cloth stoles are not permitted for Baccalaureate. These will be worn during Commencement only).
  • Given the formal nature of the Baccalaureate, graduates are not allowed to carry anything in the procession or recession (e.g. no book bags, laptops, Bluetooth devices, pocketbooks, pets, children, etc.).
  • Attire:
    • Dress pants or dress skirts that show below the hem of the gown/robe must be dark in color.
    • Collared shirts that show above the neckline of the gown/robe must be white.
    • Ties must be dark in color.
    • Dress shoes must be appropriately formal and dark in color.
    • Religious headwear, if worn, must be dark in color.
    • Earrings must be small (i.e. pearl or other studs). No dangling jewelry (earrings, bracelets, etc.).
  • Marshals will arrange the order of the procession and will lead you to your reserved seats.

  • Graduates will not be permitted to enter the church once the program has begun.

  • Men should remove their caps prior to the invocation and place them on their heads just before marching out after the benediction.

  • Faculty Marshalls will also lead the recessional.

Baccalaureate Parking Locations

Parking on campus for the Baccalaureate Service will be available at the following locations: 

  • Biddle Hall Parking Lot 
  • Science Center Parking Lot
  • Jack S. Brayboy Gymnasium Parking Lot