Baccalaureate FAQ for 2016

Frequently asked questions about Baccalaureate

Do I need tickets?
No. Seating is first-come, first-serve, in bleachers or in chairs behind the graduates. This is true even in the case of rain.

What if it rains?
The rain location for the service is Merrill Gym. If weather is iffy, a decision will be made Saturday morning about whether the service will be outdoors or indoors. If the service moves indoors, seating is still first-come, first-serve; there will not be tickets.

Is this a religious service?
The service has religious components: an opening invocation, a hymn, and a closing interfaith blessing. The tone of the service aims to reach across religions and be welcoming to all. The other elements of the service would more accurately be called secular.

How long is the service?
The service will last approximately an hour.

I want to submit a response for the parents’ reflection. Where do I send it?
Please email your reflections to Email is greatly preferred. If you aren’t able to email your response, you can mail it to the Bates Multifaith Chaplaincy, 163 Wood St, Lewiston ME 04240 or fax it to 207-786-8282. If you fax it, please note clearly that the fax is for the Multifaith Chaplaincy, as we share our fax machine with another office.

When is the deadline for sending in responses for the parents’ reflection?
Please send in your responses by April 13.

Where do I send my red Baccalaureate Blessing card?
The Bates Multifaith Chaplaincy, 163 Wood St, Lewiston ME 04240

When is the deadline for sending back my red Baccalaureate Blessing card?
Please send your card in by May 15.

I forgot to send back a Baccalaureate Blessing card! What can I do?
We will have blank cards and some sharpies available by one of the arches before the Baccalaureate service for those parents who did not send back a card but still wish to contribute one.

Where can I find the scanned images of the tags?
Images of this year’s baccalaureate blessing tags are being uploaded as they are scanned. To view them,  click here!

Can you return the blessing tag to me after the service?
We aren’t able to mail back all the tags, but, after the service, you are welcome to come and find your tag on the archways and remove it. Be sure to do this after the service because the arches will be removed Saturday evening and won’t be back up for Commencement.

Please contact Nicole Pelonzi with questions: 207-786-8272,