Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 2:00 p.m.
College Quadrangle

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 1, 2021. 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, 73 Oakland starting at 7:30 am on your assigned Commencement day 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 after May 24 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.

In the event of severe inclement weather, the Baccalaureate will be cancelled.


Baccalaureate Speaker
Dr. Maryann DiLiberto
Professor of Economics, Division of Business
2021 Teaching Excellence Award Recipient

Dr. Di Liberto

Dr. Maryann J. Fogarty Di Liberto earned her A.B. degree from Barnard College, which is the undergraduate college for women at Columbia University, where she double-majored in mathematics and economics.  She went on to receive her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Columbia University concentrating in the areas of international economics and econometrics.  While in graduate school, Dr. Di Liberto worked as an economic analyst at NERA Economic Consulting and taught various economic courses as an adjunct instructor at Barnard College, Columbia College, New York University, and Manhattan College.  Upon completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Di Liberto became an Assistant Professor of Economics at Lehman College, City University of New York, where she taught for the next fifteen years.  In 1999, Dr. Di Liberto joined the Bloomfield College faculty and currently holds the position of Professor of Economics. 

Dr. Di Liberto has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and regularly attends academic conferences where she has presented her current research.  She has taught a wide range of courses in economics and statistics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

For further information contact:

Denise Smith
Academic Affairs
973-748-9000 x1101


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