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Traditional D'Youville Baccalaureate Ceremony Set for May 20

Buffalo, New York – May 18, 2016 – D’Youville College will hold its traditional Baccalaureate and Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm in Holy Angels Church, 348 Porter Avenue, corner of Fargo Avenue.

The centuries old and colorful ceremony features graduating students and college faculty members in full academic regalia marching in procession from the front of the Koessler Administration Building on Porter Avenue to the church entrance.

At the ceremony, each graduating student will be “hooded” by a faculty member in the student’s discipline indicating the student has completed the requirements for either a bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree.

Sister Denise A. Roche, GNSH, president of D’Youville, will speak at the event.

Families and friends of the graduates, D’Youville faculty and staff, fill the entire church for this special and unique ceremony.  A reception in the College Center follows.

The Baccalaureate Ceremony traditionally is held the day before the college commencement which will be held Saturday, May 21 at Kleinhans Music Hall.

The baccalaureate ceremony derives from the medieval European custom of presenting 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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