What is a “Baccalaureate”?
A baccalaureate service is a celebration that honors a graduating senior class.
The service is held within a few days of the graduation ceremony. Speakers selected tend to be community leaders, faculty members, students, or local religious leaders. Speeches are often mixed with music, readings and worship.
A claim much repeated is that baccalaureate services are believed to have originated at the University of Oxford. "Examinatory semons" were required of all Oxford bachelors before their commencement; these were mentioned in a 1311 statute. In 1432, each bachelor was required to deliver a sermon in Latin.
The American baccalaureate service is an outgrowth of the baccalaureate sermon. The earliest known in America is at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1760.
We will host Avonworth Baccalaureate on Tuesday, May 29th at 7:00 pm. Our church has 13 Seniors graduating this year! Come celebrate their next steps, all are welcome.