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I disagree with the religious aspect. The event may have a religious background or origin, but because of the reasons stated at the bottom, the current service has nothing to do with faith. Our services, all four high schools in Torrance, are secular and school-sponsored. It is true students aren't required to attend, but neither are they required to walk, and they can still receive their diploma. Torrance cannot possibly be the only exception to the "almost invariably" statement, because our speaker was not religious and were held on a Saturday. ALTON.ıl 02:43, 19 June 2007 (UTC)
Hmm. I think we may have to have the article split between a baccalaureate service (religious) and the sort of baccalaureate service you're talking about. Hmm... Matt Yeager♫(Talk?) 22:38, 20 June 2007 (UTC)
I think it would be unnecessary effort on both of our parts to create a new article from something that has so little content as it is. I'm satisfied with the way it is, then. ALTON.ıl 00:20, 13 July 2007 (UTC)
Amesbury High School, a public school in Amesbury, MA, has a tradition of holding its baccalaureate on the Tuesday prior to graduation. It has no religious connotations. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 19:09, 1 June 2010 (UTC)
My baccalaureate at Redmond High School in Redmond, WA was school sponsored and claimed to secular, but was obviously not (as I found out when I attended). It was made clear that one did not have to attend, although attendance was encouraged by the school. I think that calling it secular may have been necessary, despite the fact that it is a religious event. And if it's not a "spiritual" graduation, then what sets it apart from the real graduation ceremony. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 06:58, 16 June 2010 (UTC)
┌────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┘ The issues being raised in this section should be dealt with by introducing the use of references into this article. I just added references for a list of colleges and universities that hold baccalaureate services, but I left the article as it is when it came to its otherwise lack of references. It desperately needs references and you should feel free to edit the article to reflect what you know, as long as you accompany your changes with references. 18.104.22.168 (talk) 19:53, 31 May 2011 (UTC)