• Hartwick graduates
  • Hartwick Commencement pipers marching
  • Hartwick graduate with President Drugovich
  • Hartwick graduates

Hartwick's Baccalaureate Celebration

What is Baccalaureate?
Legend states the origins of the Baccalaureate ceremony date back to a statute dated 1432 at Oxford University, which required each bachelor to deliver a sermon in Latin as part of his academic exercise. Because the earliest universities in this country were founded primarily to educate ministers, the British practice of a Baccalaureate service continued. This event is often, but not necessarily, of a religious or faith-based nature. However from the earliest days, the intention of a Baccalaureate ceremony is a celebration which honors the graduating senior class upon completion of their undergraduate academic career.

Hartwick’s Baccalaureate is exactly that. It is a celebration of our students through music and oratory. The Hartwick community gathers before Commencement to reflect upon the soon-to-be graduates’ careers on Oyaron Hill, and wish them well in the world beyond. Four members of the senior class, who have been selected by their peers, present their reflections on their Hartwick experience, and one faculty member, also chosen by the senior class, offers his/her parting words of wisdom.

We hope you will join us in this wonderful celebration of our graduating class.

Baccalaureate Celebration
Friday, May 22, 2015 at 5 p.m.
The Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center
24 Market St, Oneonta, NY

Congratulations to the 2015 Student Baccalaureate Speakers:
Tessa Kansas
Kalindi Naslund
Matthew Piedmonte

Eighteen students were selected by our graduating seniors to participate in the competition. Those students participated in a written and oral competition leading to the selection of the above three students who will present their speeches at our Baccalaureate Ceremony. The student speech voted best of the three finalists at Baccalaureate by the Hartwick College faculty, will be presented with the prestigious Abraham L. Kellogg Oratorical Prize at the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday.

Congratulations to this year's faculty speaker selected by the graduating seniors: Associate Professor of Art & Art History Dr. Doug Zullo.