A bookend to students' Opening Convocation held four years earlier, Baccalaureate at Stanford is a multifaith celebratory gathering for graduating seniors, graduate students, and professional students, as well as their families and friends.
It is a student-led commemoration acknowledging the spiritual contribution to the education of the whole person, organized under the auspices of the Office for Religious Life (ORL). In addition to lively music from culturally diverse backgrounds, the program includes readings from different communities and perspectives which represent the wide range of religious traditions represented within the ORL by over 30 organizations of Stanford Associated Religions (SAR).
Writer, poet and memoirist Elizabeth Alexander has been named as speaker for this year’s Baccalaureate. The multifaith celebration led by graduating students will take place on Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. in the Main Quad.
Alexander is president of the Mellon Foundation, a philanthropic organization for higher education and the arts. Her writing, which addresses topics such as race, gender, politics and motherhood, has been published in numerous journals, including the Village Voice, Prairie Schooner and Paris Review. Her 2005 book of poems, American Sublime, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Baccalaureate Student Speaker
Since 2005, the Office for Religious Life has hosted a student speaker contest. A graduating senior offers reflections into their own spiritual journey during their time at Stanford, including hopes and dreams for the future for the entire class. Finalists are chosen from the pool of submissions and auditions are held before a winner is selected.
How have your experiences at Stanford - personal, moral or spiritual - shaped who you are today and how can your reflections INSPIRE your classmates as they embark upon the next chapter of their lives?
- Speech cannot exceed 600 words
- Entries accepted now through Sunday, April 29, 11:59 p.m.
- Submit your speech in Word format through the link below
- Finalists will be contacted by midnight on Tuesday, May 8 and MUST be available for auditions on Thursday, May 10 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
- $500 prize will be awarded to the winner
Questions? Contact email@example.com
Past winners and available texts or videos can be found at the Office for Religious Life.
The Oval, located at the end of Palm Drive is reserved exclusively for disabled parking. Guests displaying any state-issued or temporary disability parking permit may park in the Oval. Individuals with mobility limitations can be dropped off at the top of Oval (near Serra Mall). Benches are available nearby.
The Main Quad is accessible via a ramp located to the right of the stairs at the front entrance on Serra Mall. Additional entrances are also accessible via Lasuen Mall and Lomita Mall.
Beginning at 9:00 a.m., a golf cart shuttle service will be stationed at the top of the Oval to transport guests needing assistance into the Main Quadrangle. Golf carts will provide return service to the top of the Oval immediately following Baccalaureate. No advanced registration is required for this service.
Seating is outside and will be in direct sunlight. There are a few sections with umbrellas for guests needing shaded seating options. Wheelchair seating will be reserved in a variety of locations. Additional seats will be reserved next to wheelchair seating so families can sit together. All seating is first come, first served.