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

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The baccalaureate mass is on Friday, May 11 at 5:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center. Kate Murphy,, "Graduation: What you need to know before the big day at local universities," 26 Apr. 2018 The baccalaureate is typically a religious celebration to honor school graduates., "Texas school shooting survivors face a 'spiritual war zone'," 21 May 2018 After earning her baccalaureate in nursing, Jen is ready to devote some time to her own health. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An active family, an odd work schedule leaves Mom with no workout routine," 12 June 2018 Todd Penick, a graduating senior who is planning to attend Texas State University, said last year's baccalaureate was attended by around 25 people., "Texas school shooting survivors face a 'spiritual war zone'," 21 May 2018 But the data also showed 72 percent of baccalaureate graduates at Florida A&M University had excess credit hours, the highest percentage, versus 20 percent at the University of Florida, the lowest percentage. Lloyd Dunkelberger,, "Lawmakers could ease up on 'excess' credit hours," 13 Feb. 2018 Internet access has been shut down nationwide for at least an hour a day, beginning on Wednesday, at the times when students are taking the annual baccalaureate exams. Nour Youssef, New York Times, "Algeria’s Answer to Cheating on School Exams: Turn Off the Internet," 21 June 2018 On Sunday night, Arcadia First Baptist Church hosted the town’s annual baccalaureate service for Santa Fe High’s graduating seniors. Brittney Martin, Washington Post, "Praying the pain away: Christianity’s presence at Santa Fe High grows after shooting," 26 May 2018 With commencements and the world of adulthood beckoning, a group of La Cañada graduates took a moment Tuesday to reflect upon their faith during a baccalaureate service at St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church. Sara Cardine,, "La Cañada graduates share testimonials, gratitude in interfaith baccalaureate service," 31 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of baccalaureate

: a test taken by students in France and some other countries in order to qualify for attending a university
: a sermon given to a class of graduating students at a school
: the service at which this sermon is given

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