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Candlelight Ceremony


The Candlelight Ceremony will begin at 9:00 p.m., Saturday, May 30, adjacent to The Puddle.  All persons participating should be present by 8:30 p.m.  Programs for this event may be secured in front of Gillett Hall.  In case of rain, the program will be held in the Speidel Gymnasium in Emerson Hall. 

Assuming we are outdoors for Candlelight, the line of march will form in front of Gillett Hall near the East Wing of Cowles Hall.  Students will form two parallel lines.  Precise order by name or by degree to be received is not necessary for the Candlelight Ceremony.  Please note that if you wish to sit with particular people, you must be in the same line, not side by side.  Faculty and administrators will form in two parallel lines immediately preceding the students' formation.

At the signal to begin the procession, faculty and administrators will move down the steps in front of Alumni Hall and proceed along the sidewalk to the south side of The Puddle where a section of chairs will be reserved. Following the ushers' directions, faculty and administrators will proceed without candles, down the center aisle, filling seats from the front to rear until all are seated.

At a second signal, the Patron Saints will light the candles, which will be distributed for the ceremony.  At a third signal, the student procession in two columns will move down the steps in front of Alumni Hall and proceed under the guidance of the Marshals around The Puddle to an area on the hill below Cowles Hall.

Seating for graduates will be on the lawn.  There will be no recessional following the ceremony.  Instead, graduates will be asked to circle around the Puddle to join in the singing of the Alma Mater.  Afterwards, students, faculty and staff may immediately join families and guests in the audience and proceed to the Campus Center for the reception.

The Candlelight Ceremony has been planned as an alternative intellectual and spiritual service to the more traditional Baccalaureate Service.  The processional will be of a formal nature and the program of serious content.  Faculty and administrator attire will be in business attire.  Students should know that they will be sitting on the ground and should dress appropriately. 


For Candlelight, the best accessible parking will be in the parking lot on 6th Street, behind Harris and Watson Halls.  This is on the same level as the program that will begin at 9:00 p.m.