At religious private schools, the ceremony may include a benediction and sermon. A public school baccalaureate typically features student and faculty speakers. Some schools have renamed the event a "Day of Reflection," to avoid any religious connotations.
Families usually dress up for this event, which typically runs an hour or more, and bring cameras to take photographs afterward. Many families hold their graduation parties later the same day. Graduation day itself tends to be too full, and many schools begin their Grad Night festivities immediately after the diplomas have been distributed.