Thursday, May 16, 2019, 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 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, 2019.

Baccalaureate Speaker

Dr. Marianne Flood received her PhD in Nursing Research and Masters in Nursing Education from New York University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Flood has been an active member of the nursing profession for the past 43 years.  She has worked at the University of Virginia Medical Center and New York University CCU and ICU settings.

Her areas of specialty are research, adult medical-surgical nursing and gerontology. She received a certificate in gerontology from George Mason University and has served as a visiting scholar at multiple gerontological clinical sites in New Jersey. Dr. Flood currently teaches Nursing Research and Senior Nursing Capstone.  She has published  articles on topics including  “A Unique Preceptorship Program for Graduate Nurses” and “The Effect of Music on Academic Achievement in the Classroom”.  Dr. Flood was a guest speaker on the Steve Adubato PBS television program addressing, “The State of Nursing in New Jersey.” She has mentored many students in individual research and evidence-based practice projects ranging from topics like  “Bullying in the Workplace”,  “Nulliparous Student Perceptions of Breastfeeding”, and “Best Practices Peer Mentor Program for BC Division of Nursing”.

Dr. Flood has served as the chairperson of the Division of Nursing Curriculum Committee for many years and has been an integral part of the accreditation process for the nursing program.  She is currently working with her peers in the Division of Nursing to move to a Concept-Based curriculum. 

Dr. Flood is a member of the New Jersey State Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International, where she serves as a nurse leader. Dr. Flood was awarded the Joyce Carol Oates Excellence in Teaching Award and the Daisy Award at Bloomfield College. She is also the recipient of the Humanism in Healthcare Award from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.

Dr. Flood is passionate about the growing concern of evidence based practice in healthcare.  This has been her focus in the research and capstone courses she currently teaches in the Division of Nursing. 


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