BEAR FAIRE FOR GRADUATES
Bear Faire for December Commencement will be Thursday, October 15, noon to 6 p.m. in the Stone Room at Ferrell Center. Graduates will be able to purchase regalia and verify the accuracy of their diploma name. Announcements may be ordered at the event or at www.jostens.com.
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 the Bear Faire on October 15. No other recording times will be scheduled.
RING OUT/PASSING OF THE KEY
Ring Out and the Passing of the Key is held only in the spring semester. More information on the Spring 2016 ceremony will be available here in the spring semester.
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.