Baccalaureate Sunday has long been a part of University tradition, especially at Acadia University. Originally, there were two services of worship: The Baccalaureate Service, where one of the Honorary Degree recipients preached the Baccalaureate Sermon; and the "Cap and Gown" Service, where a student, elected from the graduating class, gave the address. These were amalgamated to become one service in the 1970s.
The service of worship recognizes that graduands have a greater calling beyond themselves. The University equips its students to make a contribution to society, to be prepared to give an extra effort to the betterment of humanity. The Baccalaureate Service reminds the graduating class of this honourable responsibility.