• Hartwick graduates
  • Hartwick graduate with President Drugovich
  • Hartwick graduates
  • 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