- baccalaureate sermon,
Origin of baccalaureate
Examples from the Web for baccalaureate
Dr. Beard, our secretary, preached the "baccalaureate sermon."
After securing her baccalaureate and licentiate in Paris, she applied for admission as a student to the Paris observatory.Woman in Science|John Augustine Zahm
A dozen had taken the Baccalaureate, and were proudly repeating the pirouettes and spread-eagles of that degree.
Nothing has shown more clearly the intellectual barrenness of the pulpit than baccalaureate sermons lately delivered.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 7 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
The president preached the Baccalaureate sermon from Gen. 5:24.
Word Origin for baccalaureate
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.