Events BEAR FAIRE FOR GRADUATES
Spring Bear Faire for Spring Commencement will be Tuesday and Wednesday, March 18-19, 12-noon to 6 p.m., Stone Room, Ferrell Center. Bear Faire provides a one-stop shop for commencement - purchase of regalia, order announcements, check your name on the diploma, learn more about Ring Out (see below), record your Shout Out, ask questions about repaying student loans, purchase a senior ring, have senior portraits made for the Round Up yearbook.
SHOUT OUT - A Baylor tradition
The Shout Out video gives each graduating student 30-60 seconds to record a 'Shout Out' to friends and family and express their support and love throughout the years. You don't have to dress up, you don't have to have anything prepared, just come and send a Shout Out to family and friends!
A compilation of these messages will be played as guests are finding their seats in Ferrell Center, preceding the commencement ceremony. It is fun for graduates to make and great for parents and friends to watch as they await the beginning of the ceremony.
FILMING DATE: Shout Outs will be recorded only during Bear Faire.
RING OUT/PASSING OF THE KEY
Ring Out and the Passing of the Key will be Thursday, May 1, 6 p.m. in Burleson Quadrangle. More information on the May 2014 ceremony and how to register to participate will be available here.
Participants must attend one of two rehearsals - Monday, April 28, 4-5 p.m. or Tuesday, April 29, from 1-2 p.m. in Miller Chapel. All particpants should attend the Miller Chapel rehearsal on May 1 at 4 p.m. just prior to the ceremony.
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.