AU's baccalaureate service is held the day before each spring commencement. It's a time for the undergraduate students to worship with their families, to reflect on their time at AU, and to prepare their hearts for graduation. The service also challenges graduates to serve others in the next stage of their lives.
The service is a tradition for undergraduate students as they prepare for graduation. Initiated at the request of Student Government, the service is heavily student-led.
Each year, AU faculty and staff members nominate seniors for the honor of speaking at the service. Students anonymously submit proposed remarks to a committee, and those selected represent their class at the service, speaking of their personal growth at AU and the exciting days ahead. Worship is also student-led, usually by one of AU's praise and worship bands.
Jesus' example of service
The featured speaker for the service is chosen by the President's office and is typically a South Carolinian pastor with connections to AU. At the culmination of the service, graduates are invited to the front where faculty and staff pray over them and present them with a towel. The towel serves as a reminder of Jesus' example of washing His disciples' feet, shortly before He sent them out to be His representatives in the world. Students are charged to live as servants in their future careers and areas of influence.
The service, which runs about 90 minutes, is open to undergraduate students and their guests.
Friday, May 7, at 2 p.m.
Anderson University Alumni Front Lawn
Anderson, SC 29621
In the case of inclement weather, unfortunately, this event may be canceled.
What is the Baccalaureate Service?
AU's Baccalaureate Service is held the day before each spring commencement. It is a time for undergraduate students to worship with their families, to reflect on their time at AU, and to prepare their hears for graduation. The service also challenges graduates to serve others in the next stage of their lives.
Is participation in the Baccalaureate Service required for students?
No, this service is not required. However, undergraduate students who are graduating in May commencement exercises are encouraged to participate in this memorable celebration. Students will receive an email requesting them to RSVP for the event.
Who attends the Baccalaureate Service?
All undergraduate graduates are encouraged to participate in this special tradition, along with their parents and family members. Students will receive an email requesting them to RSVP for the event.
Do I need tickets for the Baccalaureate Service?
Currently, AU does not provide tickets for the Baccalaureate Service. Family group seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each family group seating includes  seats; students are counted in this number. It is recommended that families arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the service start time. Students will receive an email requesting them to RSVP for the event.
What should I wear to the Baccalaureate Service?
Professional attire is recommended for those in attendance. Graduates should not wear their cap and gown for this occasion. Students and guests will be expected to practice physical distancing, sit in family groups, and wear masks.
What COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place at this event?
Baccalaureate will occur outside and chairs will be set up for physical distancing between family groups. Students and guests are expected to wear masks even while seated for the event.
What happens if there is inclement weather?
Baccalaureate may be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Students will receive a notification about the cancelation through their AU emails. Students are strongly encouraged to check their AU email and disseminate the news about a cancellation to their guests.