Write Your Own Story


Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 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 chapel 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 Cume Laude, Summa Cum Laude)
Alpha Chi – blue and green (for students in all majors)
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 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.

Invitations to attend the Baccalaureate for students eligible to receive Latin honors, Bloomfield College Honors Program, military verteran or honor society cords will be sent via regular mail and email (to your College email account) on May 2.

Baccalaureate Speaker
Mr. Sal Goncalves

Superintendent Bloomfield School District

A Bloomfield School District employee for 35 years, Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Goncalves has committed his professional life to the field of education, creating life-changing opportunities for the Township’s youth as a teacher, principal and administrator.

Beginning his career as an elementary school teacher in 1976, Goncalves has held positions as Bloomfield’s elementary school principal from 1991-2008, and middle school principal from 2008-2013. In October 2013, he was named acting superintendent of schools, completing his move up the educational ladder within the district.

Committed to creating positive change, Goncalves has overseen initiatives such as the Summer Reading Program, the Parent Volunteer Program, and the Writers in the Schools program during his decorated career. He has also been involved in numerous committees as both a member and a chairperson, including Bloomfield’s D.A.R.E. program, the New Construction Referendum, and the district’s ESL and After-Care programs.

An influential voice, Salvatore has presented at several national and New Jersey conferences, including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) National Conference in San Francisco, Ca. Through his innovative work in collaboration with the Department of Secondary and Special Education, Goncalves was awarded the prestigious William A. Cuff Educator Award in 2013 for his development of an inclusive iSTEM Education.

A member of the National Elementary, Middle and Secondary School Principal Associations, Goncalves earned his master’s degree in educational administration from Montclair State University after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from New Jersey City University. In addition to his tenure within the Bloomfield school district, he has served as an adjunct professor at Centenary College since 2003.

For further information contact:

Denise Smith
973-748-9000 x1101