Brown University's Baccalaureate Service embraces lively expressions of thanksgiving, harmony, and rhythm and includes music, dance, and spiritual readings. The service incorporates the many spiritual and cultural traditions of the Brown community. This multi-faith service begins with the Lion Dance, a Chinese tradition in which the lion banishes evil spirits and brings good luck. In addition, one of the highlights of the ceremony is the keynote address. The Baccalaureate speaker is traditionally announced in late April.
The service starts off on the Main Green with a procession that leads the graduates from campus to the First Baptist Church of America. Only graduates will be allowed into the church as there is limited seating capacity inside. All guests and family members are invited to watch the ceremony from the Main Green where the event will be simulcast. In addition, Salomon and Sayles will be open to guests who wish to view simulcast of the ceremony indoors.
Seating on the Main Green opens to guests and families (ushers will be available to distribute programs at this time)
Seniors line up on Waterman Street in graduation regalia (tassels go on the right)
Procession of graduates goes through the Main Green, down Waterman to North Main Street and into the front doors of the First Baptist Church of America
Baccalaureate Service begins (approximate time)
2013 speaker TBD
Please note: Because seating in the First Baptist Church in America is sufficient only for the graduating class, family and friends may watch a large-screen videocast of the service on the College Green, in the Salomon Center for Teaching, or in Sayles Hall.
>Grounds of the First Baptist Church in America, Steeple and North Main Street
Service ends (approximate time)
In the event of inclement weather, please check the Commencement website or call (401) 863-3100 for up to date information and instructions. In the event of severe weather, the procession will be cancelled and graduates are asked to report to the First Baptist Church in cap and gown at 1:45 PM. Guests and family members will be directed to Sayles and Salomon for a live simulcast. Manning Chapel will also be open for guests for a live audio cast.