Friday, May 11, 2012
Baccalaureate is an evening vespers service followed by the formal
presentation of the academic hood.
Students of all faiths and their families are invited
and encouraged to participate in baccalaureate.
Baccalaureate is not a ticketed event, but
reservations are required by May 4 to ensure the
accommodation of all graduates and their guests.
All degree candidates are to wear their gowns for the
baccalaureate and hooding ceremony. It is best not to
wear your cap, as it interferes with the hooding. Please
come dressed in your gown, as changing rooms are not
All graduates must arrive to the Norman Worthington
Conference Center by 4:15 p.m. Graduates will line up
alphabetically by college and degree. Volunteer ushers
will direct graduates into seats and organize the
recessional. The processional into Marcus Pavilion
begins at 4:50 p.m.
Receiving the hood
Traditionally, the hood is the colorful standard bearer of academic
symbolism. The hood reveals the level of the degree, the academic field
of learning in which the degree was earned, and the institution that
conferred the degree.
Hoods earned at Saint Martin's are lined in red and
white, the school colors.
Some English scholars claim that the hood is a vestige of the monastic
hood or cowl.
The hood will be draped over each graduate's head. A
graduate who chooses to wear his or cap may need to
remove it before receiving the hood, if the cap is not
secured to his or her head.
All graduates and their guests are welcome to attend a reception, hosted by
Saint Martin's University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., in the Norman
Worthington Conference Center immediately following baccalaureate.