Meaning of baccalaureate


The noun baccalaureate means the same thing as a bachelor’s degree from college. It can also refer to a “baccalaureate service,” which is a like a farewell ceremony for graduating seniors from high school or college.

You can “receive a baccalaureate” or you can “attend a baccalaureate.” If you receive a baccalaureate that means you have received a bachelor’s degree for undergraduate studies in college. When you attend a baccalaureate, that means you are attending a ceremony celebrating graduating seniors. Traditionally, a baccalaureate was a religious service held the Sunday before graduation, but in modern times it doesn’t necessarily have a religious meaning.

Definitions of baccalaureate
  1. noun

    an academic degree conferred on someone who has successfully completed undergraduate studies


    bachelor’s degree

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    AB, Artium Baccalaurens, BA, Bachelor of Arts

    a bachelor’s degree in arts and sciences
    ABLS, Bachelor of Arts in Library Science

    a bachelor’s degree in library science
    BAN, Bachelor of Arts in Nursing

    a bachelor’s degree in nursing
    BD, Bachelor of Divinity

    a bachelor’s degree in religion
    BLitt, Bachelor of Literature

    a bachelor’s degree in literature
    Bachelor of Medicine, MB

    (a British degree) a bachelor’s degree in medicine
    BMus, Bachelor of Music

    a bachelor’s degree in music
    BNS, Bachelor of Naval Science

    a bachelor’s degree in naval science
    BS, Bachelor of Science, SB

    a bachelor’s degree in science
    BSArch, Bachelor of Science in Architecture

    a bachelor’s degree in architecture
    Bachelor of Science in Engineering

    a bachelor’s degree in engineering
    Bachelor of Theology, ThB

    a bachelor’s degree in theology
    type of:

    academic degree, degree

    an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study

  2. noun

    a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies

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    type of:

    discourse, preaching, sermon

    an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)

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