Baccalaureate Mass and Resources

Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m. | Our Lady’s Chapel and Zoom Livestream

The history of the Baccalaureate ceremony is firmly entrenched in the medieval European custom of presenting graduating candidates for the degree of Bachelor (bacca) with laurels (lauri) or recognition of their achievement. It is traditionally a religious service of celebration and thanksgiving for the time the graduates have devoted to growing in wisdom at a place of education. The University of the Incarnate Word has celebrated this tradition since its establishment as the Incarnate Word School in 1881.

University Mission and Ministry cordially invite the UIW family to gather on thanksgiving to celebrate the sacrifices and accomplishments of our soon-to-be graduates. We know that having the opportunity to see friends, family, and mentors who have impacted one's life is an important part of the celebration of this day. It is a time for our graduates and their families to gather in the community before God and give thanks for all that has been and will be in the future. We celebrate with great joy and humble recognition of the work of God in our lives.

The worship aid handout for the Spring 2022 Baccalaureate Mass on May 6 can be viewed or downloaded below.

Baccalaureate Mass Worship Aid (PDF)

FAQ

The history of the Baccalaureate mass is firmly entrenched in the medieval European custom of presenting graduating candidates for the degree of Bachelor (bacca) with laurels (lauri) or recognition of their achievement. It is traditionally a religious service of celebration and thanksgiving for the time the graduates (bachelor and advanced degrees) have devoted to growing in wisdom at a place of education.

University Mission and Ministry cordially invites the UIW family to gather in thanksgiving to celebrate the sacrifices and accomplishments of our soon-to-be graduates.

The Baccalaureate Mass will occur on Friday, May 6, at 6 p.m. It will be a hybrid broadcast – held interactively on Zoom and live in Our Lady's Chapel with limited seating.

If you register on Zoom before the deadline, you will receive a confirmation email with your login details. Anyone who does not register via Zoom is welcome to view the livestream video on UIW's YouTube channel. The chapel worship space has been set up in such a way that both the online and in-person assemblies will be joined together as one worshiping community. The online assembly will be able to be seen and heard by the in-person assembly and vice versa.

Those who pre-register for the interactive online Zoom option will receive an email from Mission and Ministry with a Zoom link unique to the email with which you registered.

The ceremony can also be livestreamed, no registration required, via YouTube.

Watch on YouTube

In-Person Attendance

In-person attendance is reserved for graduates and their guests. Graduates were sent their invitations via e-mail on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Graduates who did not receive their invitation may contact Mission and Ministry at ministry@uiwtx.edu.

Note: As of Thursday, April 21, 2022, we have reached capacity in Our Lady's Chapel. Graduates may still sign up for the WAITLIST through their invitation. As vacancies are made available, notifications will automatically be sent to those on the waitlist in order of registration.

Online Attendance

To participate on the Interactive Zoom platform, graduates and their guests (and faculty, staff, and administrators) must have registered with a UIW email by the deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 1.

  • Graduates (and guests), faculty, staff, and administrators who miss the deadline can stream the Mass live on YouTube.
  • Those who pre-register for this event via Zoom will receive an email from Mission and Ministry (Campus Ministry) with the Zoom link with log-in credentials unique to each registrant. We recommend pinning this email to the top of your email.

Yes, the Baccalaureate Mass will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Registration is not required to stream the Mass and the video will remain available after the live premiere.

Graduates are invited to wear their caps and gowns, and faculty are invited to wear their academic regalia.

If you have any questions that have not been addressed in these FAQ’s, please email PR@uiwtx.edu.

The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodations for special events with adequate notice. We have contracted with Caption Source to provide a bilingual captioner for the Mass. To request disability accommodation for events, please complete the online form.