Bear Faire for Winter Commencement will be Thursday, October 27, 2016 in the Stone Room at Ferrell Center, noon to 6 p.m.

SHOUT OUT - A Baylor tradition
The Shout Out video, which runs prior to commencement ceremonies, gives each graduating student opportunity to express their support and love to family and friends.

SHOUT OUT FILMING DATE: Shout Outs will be recorded during Bear Faire on Thursday, October 27. No other recording times are scheduled.

To determine if your college or school has other activities, please contact the Dean's office.

Ring Out and the Passing of the Key is held only in the spring semester. Information on the ceremony is available here.

The Senior Ring Out Ceremony is an annual tradition at Baylor University and was first a part of the Commencement activities in 1927 when the senior class was invited to participate. The symbolic ceremony signifies the passing of the guardianship of the Baylor spirit.

Historically, the ceremony has included primarily women. Graduating senior women, dressed in traditional graduation gowns, pass a chain of ivy to junior women wearing white. Forming a circle near the Baylor bells in Burleson Quadrangle (the smaller bell from Baylor's first campus at Independence, Texas and the larger bell from Waco University where Baylor now exists), the seniors pass the charge of leadership to the next graduating class.

Since 1946, the men of the senior and junior classes have participated in the Passing of the Key ceremony during Ring Out. Senior men are in graduation gowns and junior men are dressed in dark suits. A representative of the senior class, who has been designated the "Custodian" of the key to the box of relics buried under the Centennial monument in the center of Founders Pleasance, passes the key to a junior representative. As with Ring Out, the ceremony symbolizes the binding of classes in loyalty to the traditions of Baylor.