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Baccalaureate Photos

Date: 5/16/2011

Baccalaureate and Graduation are full of pageantry, pomp, and circumstance. Gowns, caps, and hoods are part of the regalia proudly worn by graduates to signify a memorable and important step in their lives.

During a Baccalaureate Mass and Hooding Ceremony on May 14, Alvernia University graduates had hoods placed over their shoulders by members of the faculty to signify the graduates’ advancement within the academic community.

The color of the hood represents the academic degree earned by the graduate:

Master of Arts
Master in Business Administration
Master in Education
light blue
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Associate of Science
maroon and gold chevron

Click here to see photos from the Baccalaureate Mass and Hooding Ceremony.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.