Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.

Robert V. Van Fossan Theatre
63 Fremont Street, Bloomfield, NJ
Reception to follow in Westminster Arts Center, Room 110

Baccalaureate is a ceremony in which the armor of the student (the degree) is blessed in a non-denominational service. Generally, the students, faculty, administration, and academic guests proceed to the Theatre in full academic dress. Baccalaureate has its origins in the tradition of chivalry, in which the squire goes through a special ceremony to become a knight. As part of the ceremony, his armor, sword, and spurs are blessed in a church before knighthood is conferred.

At the Baccalaureate, students who are graduating with Latin honors by virtue of having met and maintained high academic requirements and students who are either members of the Bloomfield College Honors Program, members of one of the five national honor societies, or a military veteran will receive honor cords that signify their academic accomplishments.  The colors of the cords represent the college, the various honors societies, various honors programs and our military veterans and may be a single color or a combination of colors. The colors that the Bloomfield College students will be receiving are:

Latin Honors - Gold (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude)
Alpha Chi - blue and green (for students in all majors)
Chi Alpha Sigma - black and gold (for student athletes)
Bloomfield College Honors Program - burgundy and gold
Delta Mu Delta - purple and gold (for students majoring in Business)
Kappa Delta Pi - purple and green (for students majoring in Education)
McNair Program - burgundy
Military Veteran - red,white and blue
Psi Chi - navy and platinum (for students majoring or minoring in Psychology)
Sigma Theta Tau International - White and Orchid (for students majoring in Nursing)

To be considered for Latin honors at graduation, a student must have successfully completed at least sixteen (16) course units on the letter grade system at Bloomfield College.  Credits earned in courses below the 100 level will not be included in the cumulative grade point average upon graduation, and will not be used in determining averages for graduation with honors.  A student who has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and a 3.50 average in the major is eligible for cum laude; both averages must be 3.65 for magna cum laude and 3.80 for summa cum laude.

Certain academic awards will also be presented at Baccalaureate.

Baccalaureate Speaker

Dr. Cheryl Evans
Professor of Education

Dr. Cheryl Evans received her Ph.D. in Urban Education from Old Dominion University in 1997. She has a masters degree in Mass Communications from Emerson College and a Bachelors of Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Human Development.

An educator for 50 years, Dr. Evans has been a professor at Bloomfield College since 1998, serving in various roles within the Education Division and the College, including Director of the College's Project Grad Summer Institute in 1999 and 2000; coordinating the Kellman Course in the Humanities for ten years, 2001-2011; and serving as Education Chairperson 2008-2009 and Spring 2015. She is currently Chair of the Bloomfield College faculty. As such, she is the first person of color in the history of the College to be elected to that position.

Dr. Evans is a certified teacher in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Her academic speciality is curriculum design and development. Her professional experience includes work in college student personnel; a Director of Early Childhood Programs,; an educational consultant; host of a public affairs radio program; training in management development; and faculty positions at North Shore Community College, Lynn, MA.; the University of Evansville and Bloomfield College.

Respected as a "Teacher of Teachers," Cheryl Evans is also a poet and author of "April," in Potlikker: Storeis for Teachers and Learners and "Crazy with Bushy Hair," in Our Stories: African-American Professionals on Predominatly White Campuses.


For further information contact:

Denise Smith
Commencement Co-Coordinator
973-748-9000 x1101