baccalaureate[ bak-uh-lawr-ee-it, -lor- ]SEE DEFINITION OF baccalaureate
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The president preached the Baccalaureate sermon from Gen. 5:24.
Dr. Beard, our secretary, preached the "baccalaureate sermon."
It is the pride of the enterprising "sports" and "sharpers," who represent the baccalaureate degree of every known vice.
In his baccalaureate sermon the president of Yale offered the graduates some advice which at least they should find stimulating.
Nothing has shown more clearly the intellectual barrenness of the pulpit than baccalaureate sermons lately delivered.
Most of the students had never seen a single patient before they reached the honors of the baccalaureate.
To this was added, that he was seeking the degree following the Baccalaureate, that of Master of Arts.
I got my baccalaureate from French Government in 1941—first part.
A dozen had taken the Baccalaureate, and were proudly repeating the pirouettes and spread-eagles of that degree.
The Baccalaureate sermon, delivered by Professor Francis, was very appropriate and touching.
1620s, "university degree of a bachelor," from Medieval Latin baccalaureatus, from baccalaureus "student with the first degree," altered by a play on words with bacca lauri "laurel berry" (laurels being awarded for academic success).
The Medieval Latin word perhaps ultimately is derived from Latin baculum "staff" (see bacillus), which the young student might carry, but it is more likely just a re-Latinization of bachelor (q.v.) in its academic sense. In modern U.S. usage, the word usually is short for baccalaureate-sermon (1864), a religious farewell address to the graduating class.