Saturday, May 23, 2020


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 multifaith service for undergraduates 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 ceremony starts off on the College Green with a procession that leads seniors from campus to the First Baptist Church of America. Only undergraduates 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 College 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 p.m. Seating on the College Green opens to guests and families (ushers will be available to distribute programs at this time)  
1:30 p.m. Seniors line up on Waterman Street in graduation regalia. (Tassels go on the right.)  
1:45 p.m. Procession of graduates goes through the College Green, down Waterman to North Main Street and into the front doors of the First Baptist Church of America  
2:30 p.m. Baccalaureate ceremony begins (approximate time)  
4 p.m.  Ceremony ends (approximate time)  

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