Dominican Traditions

Shield of Albertus Magnus College

The shield of Albertus Magnus College is comprised of two shields. In the background (black and white) is the Dominican shield which recalls the colleges foundation as a Dominican college. In the foreground is the family shield (House of Bollstadt) of the Dominican saint and scholar, Albert the Great, from which the college derives its name.

Candlelight Ceremony

During the Candlelight Ceremony, the senior class welcomes you as a new student into the Albertus Magnus tradition of learning and the search for truth in
all its dimensions.

The Tradition of Honor

The idea of honor is an integral and important part of college life at Albertus. Honor implies that each member of the College has a personal responsibility to abide by and uphold the policies of the College. Its practice extends to every aspect of college life. The spirit of honor encourages a strong sense of mutual responsibility, respect, trust, and fairness among all members of the campus community.

Laurel Day Ceremony

During the Laurel Day Ceremony which occurs the day before Commencement the students receive laurels (awards) which mark their achievements as soon-to-be college graduates.

Baccalaureate Mass

The evening before Commencement members of the college community gather to offer praise and thanksgiving to God for the blessings received during their years of study at Albertus Magnus College.


The culmination of academic studies takes place each year at Commencement. The Commencement procession moves down Prospect Street to the front of Rosary Hall (the first college building, now serving as the Library) where the college community, family, and friends celebrate the graduation of each student.

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