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).
Ibtihaj Muhammad – an activist and entrepreneur whose participation in the Olympics helped make her a prominent voice for religious tolerance – has been named speaker for Stanford’s 2019 Baccalaureate.
“Although she has competed in a sport that focuses on the individual, Ibtihaj Muhammad has turned the spotlight on diverse American communities, inviting us to reconsider what it means to be part of this pluralist and, at times, fractured nation,” said the Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert, dean for religious life at Stanford. “Standing at the intersections of gender, religion and ethnicity, she inspires us all not only to break barriers, but also to build bridges. We are delighted to welcome her to campus and look forward to learning from her experience and wisdom.”
Since 2005, the Office for Religious Life has hosted a student speaker contest, where a graduating senior offers his/her reflections into their own spiritual journey during their time at Stanford, including hopes and dreams for the future for the entire class.
Info and Rules:
- Speech cannot exceed 600 words.
- Submit the final version of your speech. You will not be able to edit the speech after submission.
- Entries accepted now through Sunday, April 28, 11:59 pm. No exceptions to the deadline.
- Submit your speech in Word format through the link below
- Finalists will be notified on Tuesday, May 7. If you don’t receive a notification, you have not been selected as a finalist.
- Finalists MUST be available to audition in person on campus on Wednesday, May 8 between 7:30-9:00 pm.
- $500 prize will be awarded to the winner.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Past winners and available texts can be found at the Office for Religious Life.
General Event Information
For the comfort of families and guests: The following suggestions may make Baccalaureate more enjoyable.
- Dress for the heat; light clothing is advisable.
- Hats, visors, and sun block are highly recommended.
- Limited water refill stations will be available but you may wish to bring your own water as well.
- Umbrellas will not be permitted, as they block the view of other guests.
- Smoking is prohibited in outdoor spaces holding events during the weekend.
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.