Held the Saturday of Commencement Weekend
at 2:00 p.m. in the Historic Quad

2020 Baccalaureate
Saturday May 30, 2020
2:00 p.m.
Historic Quad (rain location: Merrill Gym)


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.

See the FAQ page for information about the 2020 Baccalaureate Service.

Bates Baccalaureate, a beautiful, artistic, multifaith service held on the historic Quad, in front of Coram Library.

Baccalaureate Blessings Card Examples