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Baccalaureate Service

This service for seniors and graduate students is held in Memorial Chapel.
Student speaking from the podium at the Baccalaureate service in Memorial Chapel
A distinguished speaker is invited to deliver the baccalaureate address. Students must appear in cap and gown 30 minutes prior to the service. Led by Marshals, the double column procession enters the south door of the chapel. Caps are worn during the processional, but are removed just before the invocation. After the benediction, caps are put back on for the recessional, in which students are led out of the chapel, two pews at a time, using both aisles.

A small number of family and friends will find room to sit in the chapel for the service. Your guests should arrive early if they hope to find a seat. We will also broadcast the service in 105 Lawrence for those guests who are unable to obtain seats in the chapel.

2014 Ceremony

Saturday, May 17 at 2:30 p.m.
Fr. George Coyne SJOur baccalaureate speaker in 2013 will be Fr. George Coyne SJ, McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. A renowned Jesuit priest, astronomer, and director emeritus of the Vatican Observatory, Fr. Coyne bridges the worlds of faith and science.

He holds a BA in mathematics and licentiate in philosophy, both from Fordham University, and a PhD in astronomy from Georgetown University. He is author of Wayfarers in the Cosmos: The Human Quest for Meaning (2002), and coauthor of A Comprehensible Universe: The Interplay of Science and Theology (2008).