Baylor University Holds Summer 2014 Commencement Ceremony Aug. 16

Aug. 15, 2014

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WACO, Texas (Aug. 15, 2014) - The closing of summer at Baylor University also marks the completion of degrees for many Baylor students. Graduating students will walk across the stage and shake the hand of President and Chancellor Ken Starr during Summer Commencement ceremonies Saturday, Aug. 16, in Baylor’s Ferrell Center.

Graduates earning degrees from the School of Social Work, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Music, Hankamer School of Business, School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School and all related graduate degrees will receive their diplomas at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

At the ceremony, Anabel Reeser, Ph.D., emeritus professor of French and Italian, will be honored as Bearer of the Mace and lead the graduates in the processional.

The Mace, a symbol of authority used in all commencement exercises, is comprised of a golden sword linked with two walking canes once belonging to former Baylor President Rufus C. Burleson and Gen. Sam Houston. The sword was presented to Cyrus Baylor by President Andrew Jackson for his bravery in the War of 1812.

The invocation at the ceremony will be given by Gwendolyn Aldredge, retired Baylor professor of family and consumer sciences.

The closing benediction will be given by Shetigho Agbuke, head pastor of Redeemer’s Praise in San Antonio.

The Ferrell Center is located at 1900 S. University Parks Dr., on the corner of South University Parks Drive and LaSalle Ave. The parking lot is accessible from both streets. Click here for a map of Baylor’s campus. Guests also have the option to park in the East Campus Garage at 246 Daughtrey Ave.

The Ferrell Center will open 90 minutes prior to the ceremony. Baylor also will provide live streaming of the ceremony here for those unable to attend.

For any questions regarding the Summer 2014 Commencement ceremony, contact Lois Ferguson , manager of commencement and facilities planning.

by Rebecca Flannery, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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