Skip to content Skip to navigation

Update

Thank you for your interest in Stanford’s 129th Commencement Weekend. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, including state and local guidelines regarding large gatherings, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone this year’s celebration. We know how deeply disappointing this is, especially for Stanford’s 2020 graduates.

We strongly believe in the value and importance of celebrating in person, and we have committed to holding an on-campus Commencement celebration for 2020 graduates at some point in the future. The timing and format will depend on the evolution of the COVID-19 situation. We also plan to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students in June 2020, though we will have to do so at a distance.

We greatly appreciate all of the feedback and ideas that students, their families, and members of the community have brought forward. This input will help shape our plans as we work with student leadership and other community members to design a meaningful celebration. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through the details. We will update this site and be in contact with students and family members as the celebration takes shape.

Baccalaureate

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).

Baccalaureate Student Speaker Contest

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.

Past winners and available texts can be found at the Office for Religious Life.

Live Broadcast

The Baccalaureate ceremony will be broadcast live on Stanford's radio station KZSU FM 90.1 and on kzsu.stanford.edu.

Video Recordings

Video of the Baccalaureate celebration will be available on Stanford's YouTube channel following the event. Links to videos of past ceremonies are also available.