The Baccalaureate service originated in a 1432 Oxford University statute, which required each bachelor’s degree candidate to deliver a sermon in Latin as part of his academic exercise. When higher education moved to this continent, Harvard inaugurated the custom of the Baccalaureate Service. For over 160 years Wofford has followed in this tradition. During its earliest years, each Wofford student gave a sermon or talk in Latin. Today the Wofford Baccalaureate is an ecumenical service. The graduating class and faculty process in cap and gown and the college bell is tolled once for each graduating senior. The service is open to all and lasts just under an hour. It is followed by a reception on the lawn. The text to Chaplain Robinson’s Baccalaureate Sermon will be posted following the service.