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Baccalaureate and Hooding Service Set for May 16 Photo: Students and faculty at the 2012 hooding ceremony at Holy Angels Church.


Baccalaureate and Hooding Service Set for May 16

Buffalo, New York – May 07, 2014 – D’Youville College will hold its traditional Baccalaureate and Hooding Service on Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Angels Church on Porter Avenue, adjacent to the college.

The colorful ceremony will feature students and faculty members in their academic regalia marching in a procession from the Koessler Administration Building to the church for the service.

  • Procession down Porter Avenue
  • Holy Angels Church on Porter Avenue
  • Readings by D'Youville faculty and clergy (2012)
  • After the hooding ceremony, families congregate on the sidewalk along Porter Avenue (2012)

At the ceremony, each graduating student will be formally hooded by their respective faculty.

Sister Denise A. Roche, GNSH, D’Youville president, will deliver a graduation message.

Families and friends of the graduates, along with D’Youville faculty and staff, fill the church for this annual ceremony followed by a reception in the College Center.

The college traditionally holds the centuries-old service the day before commencement, which will be on Saturday May 17 at Kleinhans Music Hall.

The baccalaureate service derives from the medieval European custom of presenting the candidates for the degree of Bachelor (bacca) with laurels (lauri) for sermonic oration. The ceremony is a service of worship in celebration of thanksgiving for lives dedicated to learning and wisdom, according to a number of sources

It is believed to have originated at the University of Oxford in 1432.

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