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Thursday, May 17, 2018, 4:30 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 - 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.

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, military veteran or honor society cords, and certain academic awards will be sent by email (to your Bloomfield College email account) on or after May 1, 2018.

Baccalaureate Speaker

Dr. Glen Hayes, Professor of Religion

Glen Alexander Hayes is Professor of Religion at Bloomfield College.  He has been a member of the Faculty since 1980, and is retiring after this semester.  He grew up in Bloomfield, and attended Bloomfield High School (1970).  After earning his BA in Religion/Psychology at Lehigh University (1974) he received his Masters of Divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1975.  As a specialist on Hindu Yoga, he travelled to India in 1979-80 in order to do doctoral field work with itinerant yogis and to locate and translate previously-unstudied Bengali- and Sanskrit-language Hindu texts from the 17th-19th centuries.  He received his Ph. D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School for this work in 1985.  He has published essays and chapters with Oxford University Press and Princeton University Press, and is a co-founder of the Society for Tantric Studies (STS).  He serves on the Cognitive Science of Religion program unit of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and is on the editorial board of Religions online.  His most recent research explores the uses of conceptual metaphors and the imagination in Asian religious traditions.


For further information contact the Commencement Coordinators at commencement@bloomfield.edu