bac·​ca·​lau·​re·​ate | \ ˌba-kə-ˈlȯr-ē-ət How to pronounce baccalaureate (audio) , -ˈlär- \

Definition of baccalaureate

1 : the degree of bachelor conferred by universities and colleges
2a : a sermon to a graduating class
b : the service at which this sermon is delivered

Examples of baccalaureate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The college is a primarily liberal arts, residential, co-educational, baccalaureate degree-granting institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. CBS News, 9 May 2022 Parents praise Inlet View for its caring teachers, warm community and international baccalaureate program, the first at an ASD elementary school. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Apr. 2022 But the school is international baccalaureate certified, offers 29 A.P. courses and has American sign language, which excited Isabella. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2021 To help meet that goal, the state could expand the limited authority granted to 15 community colleges to award baccalaureate degrees, the report said. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2021 Alongside its certificate, baccalaureate and graduate degree programs, UAF conducts research in a variety of fields, including energy, biology, engineering and geophysics. Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2021 The school offers an international baccalaureate program, as well as Japanese, which Isabella studied in middle school. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2021 Tuition per credit hour for the third and fourth years of a baccalaureate program can’t be more than 150% of the tuition of any other district program, the law states. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 4 Nov. 2021 The Naperville college’s Cardinal First program is the only Midwestern program in the baccalaureate category and one of two programs in Illinois to be recognized as a finalist. Michelle Mullins,, 24 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of baccalaureate

circa 1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for baccalaureate

borrowed from Medieval Latin baccalaureātus, respelling (perhaps influenced by bacca laurī "laurel berry") of bacheleriātus, from bachelarius "knight lacking retainers, young clerk, person with an initial university degree" + Latin -ātus -ate entry 2 — more at bachelor entry 1

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13 May 2022

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“Baccalaureate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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