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Baccalaureate

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.


Robert V. Van Fossan Theatre
63 Fremont Street, Bloomfield, NJ
Reception to follow in Westminster Arts Center, Room 110


Baccalaureate is a ceremony in which the armor of the student (the degree) is blessed in a non-denominational service. Generally, the students, faculty, administration, and academic guests proceed to the Theatre in full academic dress. Baccalaureate has its origins in the tradition of chivalry, in which the squire goes through a special ceremony to become a knight. As part of the ceremony, his armor, sword, and spurs are blessed in a church before knighthood is conferred.

At the Baccalaureate, students who are graduating with Latin honors by virtue of having met and maintained high academic requirements and students who are either members of the Bloomfield College Honors Program, members of one of the five national honor societies, or a military veteran will receive honor cords that signify their academic accomplishments.  The colors of the cords represent the college, the various honors societies, various honors programs and our military veterans and may be a single color or a combination of colors. The colors that the Bloomfield College students will be receiving are:

Latin Honors - Gold (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude)
Alpha Chi - blue and green (for students in all majors)
Bloomfield College Honors Program - burgundy and gold
Delta Mu Delta - purple and gold (for students majoring in Business)
Kappa Delta Pi - purple and green (for students majoring in Education)

McNair Program - burgundy
Military Veteran - red,white and blue
Psi Chi - navy and platinum (for students majoring or minoring in Psychology)

Sigma Theta Tau International - White and Orchid (for students majoring in Nursing)

To be considered for Latin honors at graduation, a student must have successfully completed at least sixteen (16) course units on the letter grade system at Bloomfield College.  Credits earned in courses below the 100 level will not be included in the cumulative grade point average upon graduation, and will not be used in determining averages for graduation with honors.  A student who has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and a 3.50 average in the major is eligible for cum laude; both averages must be 3.65 for magna cum laude and 3.80 for summa cum laude.

Certain academic awards will also be presented at Baccalaureate.

Invitations to attend the Baccalaureate for students eligible to receive Latin honors, Bloomfield College honors program, military verteran or honor society cords and certain academic awards will be sent via  email (to your Bloomfield College email account) on or after May 1st.

Baccalaureate Speaker

Marion Terenzio, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

Dr. Terenzio is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, at Bloomfield College where she serves as the chief academic officer. Prior to her post at Bloomfield College, Dr. Terenzio served 26 years at The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York where she was the Vice President for Campus Life, and a professor in the Divisions of The Arts and Psychology. Dr. Terenzio first served the Sage Colleges as a teacher and scholar in music, music therapy and psychology. She also served as the college organist and choir director.

In 2001, she served as an ACE Fellow (American Council on Education), where she worked under the leadership of President Jamienne Studley at Skidmore College. She has received numerous awards for her community work including the outstanding community service award from the Hudson Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities and a vision leadership award from the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the outstanding faculty award at the Sage Colleges.

She is currently serving on the College Board Academic Council for the Middle States region and the Bloomfield Center Alliance (BCA) where she served as President of the BCA for 4 years. She has served on numerous state-wide and regional Task Forces addressing the role of higher education and she has been asked to speak at conferences on the impact of the common core standards on higher education. Dr. Terenzio has also published on the topic of the impact of globalization in Higher Education, with a specific emphasis on service learning. 

Dr. Terenzio received her Ph.D. in Ecological and Community Psychology from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in Music Therapy from Texas Women’s University, and a second master’s degree in Community Psychology from the Sage Graduate School of The Sage Colleges. She is an alumna of Vassar College, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Music.

For further information contact:

Denise Smith
973-748-9000 x1101
Commencement@bloomfield.edu