Thursday, May 19, 2022, 4:30 pm
Robert V. Van Fossan Theatre
63 Fremont Street
Reception immediately following in Westminster Hall

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 venue 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 a part of the ceremony, the 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 - red 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.

Other academic awards will also be presented at Baccalaureate.

Invitations to attend the Baccalaureate for students eligible to receive Latin honors, Bloomfield College honors program,McNair Scholars, military veteran honors, honor society cords, and certain academic awards will be sent by email (to your Bloomfield College email account) on or after May 2, 2022. Reglia is required for students participating in this event.

If you do not attend the Baccalaureate you will have to pick-up your honor cord(s) at The Office of Academic Affairs, TBA so that you can wear the honor cord(s) during Commencement.

If you do not attend the Baccalaureate or Commencement, you can request your cord(s)/award(s) to be mailed by emailing or you can pick up starting May 23, 2022 at The Office of Academic Affairs, 73 Oakland during regular business hours. If you have any questions, about Baccalaureate, you can contact Denise Smith at or call 973-748-9000 x1101.

Baccalaureate Speaker

Christie Cruse, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Business
2022 Excellence in Teaching Recipient

Dr. Cruse holds an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College, and a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. Cruse joined the Business Division at Bloomfield College in Fall 2015. She teaches in the areas of management, leadership and ethics. Dr. Cruse has presented at conferences in six states on the topics of management, diversity & ethics, leadership, decision-making, effective communication, motivation, team building, first-year experience, and academic support services.

Dr. Cruse has served as a staff supervisor for the BRIDGES to the Dominican Republic Service Project which takes groups of college students on a two-week service trip to the remote mountains of the Dominican Republic. Participants assist the rural community to improve their schools, homes, roads, and means of income.

Dr. Cruse’s career has also included management positions in higher education. At Dominican College, she was responsible for overseeing the first-year program which included developing new programs and activities to increase retention. As the Director of Academic Success Centers at Rockland Community College, Dr. Cruse managed the Tutoring Center, Reading & Writing Center and the Science Learning Center. In addition, she spearheaded the redesign of 22 high failure and withdrawal rate courses, revised curriculum, and developed and facilitated faculty trainings.

In September 2011, Dr. Cruse was chosen as a recipient of the Rockland County 40 Under 40 Award which recognizes 40 individuals under the age of 40 in Rockland County that have made a positive impact in their community and in their workplace.

For further information contact:
Denise Smith
Academic Affairs
973-748-9000 x1101


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