Baccalaureate Service

What is Baccalaureate?

Baccalaureate is a service of blessing for graduates and their friends and family.  It is a time to acknowledge the sacred transition that commencement brings, reflect upon memories you have created in your time at Hollins, and to celebrate together in community.  It is a multifaith worship service open to all, and includes music, prayers, dance, inspiration, stories, and scripture shared by the senior class.

When is it?

Baccalaureate is held on the day before Commencement.  The date of this year’s service is May 29th, 2021.

What should I wear?

Proper attire is gown only (official gown, not your decorated  robe).  No cap, hood or cords/stoles are to be worn.  Remember this is a FORMAL OCCASION so please wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Where do I go?
Graduates need to assemble no later than 2:30 p.m. on the steps of Main to prepare for the processional to the chapel.  Marshals will be present to help you line up, but you do not need to be in any certain order.  They will lead the processional to the chapel and will direct you to sit in the reserved pews in the front of the chapel.  Please remain standing until you are directed to be seated.  They will also direct the recessional at the end of the services.  During both marches, please avoid talking or any other action that might detract from the dignity of the occasion.  Please do not carry personal items with you.

In case of rain, the procession will form at the same time in the corridor of the Chapel.