Baccalaureate

Bloomfield College Commencement Graduation Pictures

Baccalaureate
Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.

Robert V. Van Fossan Theatre
63 Fremont Street, Bloomfield, NJ
Reception to follow in Westminster Arts Center, Room 103

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.

Invitations to attend the Baccalaureate for students eligible to receive Latin honors, Bloomfield College honors program, military veteran or honor society cords and certain academic awards will be sent via  email (to your Bloomfield College email account) on or after May 1, 2017.

Baccalaureate Speaker
Dr. Anita Pasmantier

Bloomfield College Baccalaureate Speaker Dr. Anita Pasmantier

Dr. Anita Pasmantier holds a B.A. in Economics and French, M.A. in International Economics and a Ph.D. in International Finance, all from Fordham University.  Dr. Pasmantier’s dissertation was on the pricing of currency options for which she presented her findings at the FMA conference (Financial Management Association).  She has published several scholarly articles in peer reviewed journals and continues to present her research at conferences.
 
Dr. Pasmantier began her career in the business world as the Manager of Foreign Exchange at the corporate headquarters for PepsiCo, a Fortune 50 company.  After three years at PepsiCo she accepted a position as Manager of Foreign Exchange at the corporate headquarters for Sterling Drug Inc., a Fortune 200 company where she worked for five years. During the years she was employed full time at both PepsiCo and Sterling Drug, Dr. Pasmantier worked on her Ph.D. degree at Fordham University. After receiving her doctorate in 1988 she taught for one year as an Assistant Professor at her alma mater, Fordham University.  The following year she accepted a position at Seton Hall University for 6 years, followed by teaching 2 years at Fairleigh Dickinson University, before taking time off to raise her daughter Daniella. In 2008 she became an Associate Professor of Finance at the Business Division of Bloomfield College. In 2016 she was promoted to Professor of Finance.  Dr. Pasmantier was recently selected to be a Fulbright Scholar and will be teaching Advanced Corporate Finance at Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (LUISS University) in Rome, Italy for the Spring 2018 semester.

For further information contact:

Denise Smith
Commencement Coordinator
973-748-9000 x1101
Commencement@bloomfield.edu