2017 Baccalaureate

Saturday, May 27, 2017
2:00 p.m. in the Historic Quad
(Procession begins at 1:50, with a musical prelude before.)

Baccalaureate is a gathering of graduating seniors and their families and friends to celebrate the journey through Bates and beyond. The service speaks through the languages of many religions and spiritualities, and celebrates with poetry, music, dance, and reflection.

Seniors process into the service in their gowns, and all friends and family are welcome to attend. Seating is first-come, first-served on folding chairs. The rain site is in Merrill gym. The procession begins at 1:50, with a musical prelude before. Graduates will process and recess through trellises adorned with “blessing tags” bearing well-wishes from parents and guardians. For those who have not mailed in blessing tags, there will be a table and supplies for creating and hanging the tags before the service.

Catholic Mass will not be held on campus, as in past years; however, we welcome you to celebrate Mass at the historic Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, only a short walk from campus, at 5:30pm on Saturday. The Basilica is located at 122 Ash St. FMI: https://princeofpeace.me/mass-confession-times

Baccalaureate 2010

Baccalaureate Blessing Card Examples

Baccalaureate 2016 Photos/Video 

Baccalaureate FAQ

Please contact Nicole Pelonzi with questions: 207-786-8272, npelonzi@bates.edu