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. Nalini Moreshwar Nadkarni, a forest ecologise and outspoken advocate for the communication of science, will deliver the 2014 Baccalaureate address.
The ceremony 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 will be open to guests who wish to
view simulcast of the ceremony indoors.
1:00 PM Seating on the Main Green opens to guests and families (ushers will be available to
distribute programs at this time)
1:30 PM Seniors line up on Waterman Street in graduation regalia (tassels go on the right)
1:45 PM 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
2:30 PM Baccalaureate Ceremony begins (approximate time)
4:00 PM Ceremony ends (approximate time)
View the Baccalaureate Storm Plan Here.