1 a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies
2 an academic degree conferred on someone who has successfully completed undergraduate studies [syn: bachelor's degree]
EtymologyFrom French baccalauréat or its source, mediaeval Latin baccalaureatus, from baccalaureus, an alteration of baccalarius ‘young man aspiring to knighthood’ to resemble bacca lauri ‘laurel berry’ (the ancient symbol of victory). Compare Bachelor.
- The first or lowest academical degree conferred by universities and colleges; a bachelor degree.
- A highschool completion exam and qualification awarded in many
countries (e.g. Finland, France, Moldova, Romania), designed to
enable students to go on to higher education.
- Compare: the International Baccalaureate.
- (United States) A farewell address in the form of a sermon delivered to a graduating class.
examination to enable higher education
- Pertaining to a bachelor of arts.
A baccalaureate is an educational qualification. See Bachelor's degree for background on the term.
baccalaureate may also refer to:
- International Baccalaureate, a group of three internationally recognised educational programmes for students aged 3 to 19.
- The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, the senior of the three International Baccalaureate programmes, for students aged 15-19.
- European Baccalaureate, awarded to students who successfully manage to complete a European School.
- French Baccalaureate (le baccalauréat) France's national secondary-school (lycée) diploma.
- Romanian Baccalaureate (BAC) Romania's national secondary-school (liceu) diploma.
- Baccalauréat, a term used in Canada that refers to a bachelor's degree in Francophone universities.
- Baccalaureate service, "a farewell address in the form of a sermon delivered to a graduating class" (in the United States).
- Engineering Baccalaureate in Quebec, which is a 4-year study program.
baccalaureate in French: Baccalauréat
baccalaureate in Dutch: Baccalaureaat
baccalaureate in Spanish: Bachillerato
baccalaureate in Romanian: Bacalaureat