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Graduating students and their families are invited to attend the Baccalaureate Service at 4 p.m. Friday, May 17, in the A. F. Siebert Chapel.

What is the Baccalaureate Service?

The Baccalaureate Service is a long-standing tradition at Carthage for students, faculty, staff, and families that expresses our faith tradition in an open and welcoming way.

This service is a more intimate opportunity to pause and reflect on this rite of passage, and celebrate the blessings associated with seeking higher education and earning a degree.

What happens during the Baccalaureate Service?

This year’s Baccalaureate Service includes faith expressions from the Class of 2024 through poetry, reading, song, and reflection. Our guest speaker is the Rev. Guy D. Nave, Jr.

What does the term ‘Baccalaureate’ mean?

The word Baccalaureate originates from the Latin term bacca lauri or laurel berry, which refers to the laurel wreaths traditionally worn by scholars. The service incorporates Commencement traditions that began around the 15th century.

Do I need a ticket for the Baccalaureate Service?

No tickets are required for this service. Graduates are encouraged to bring family and friends to join them in the A. F. Siebert Chapel for this service.

See the full Commencement schedule

For more information, contact:

Commencement@carthage.edu