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2020 Baccalaureate

For 2020 and 2021 Graduates

Gates open at 3:00 p.m.

Event Details:

Friday, June 10, 2022
4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT

This event is open to:

2020/2021 Graduates
2020/2021 Guests


Frost Amphitheater
351 Lasuen St
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

A bookend to students' Opening Convocation held their first year, 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 and Spiritual Life (ORSL). 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 ORSL by over 30 organizations of Stanford Associated Religions (SAR).

Baccalaureate Speaker

Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder headshot

Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder will be the Baccalaureate Speaker at the baccalaureate ceremony for 2020 graduates at Stanford University on Friday, June 10, 2022.

Flunder, a San Francisco native, has served her call through prophetic action and ministry for justice for over thirty years.

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Baccalaureate Student Speaker Contest

Since 2005, the Office for Religious and Spiritual 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.

Class of 2020 Speaker Contest Winner

Maddy Fish is a member of the Class of 2020. While at Stanford, she majored in Human Biology focusing on the social and emotional dimensions of children's lives. She now works in early education as a kindergarten teacher in East Palo Alto. Her broader interest is in working to end the transmission of trauma in school systems. She hopes to continue learning about the slow work of shifting culture and providing spiritual care. She loves reading, bird watching, board games, and time with friends.

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


General Event Information

For the comfort of families and guests: The following suggestions may make Baccalaureate more enjoyable.

Bags and items (such as water bottles, seat cushions, etc.) must adhere to the Clear Bag Policy.

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.

Accessibility Information


Roth Way, between Palm Drive and Lasuen Street is reserved for disability parking. Guests with state-issued disability parking placard/plates (any state) or temporary disability parking permits are encouraged to park on Roth Way and then continue to the Lasuen Gate to enter Frost, which is about 1-2 blocks in distance. To view a map, click here

Accessible Entrance

The accessible entrance (step-free route to seating area) to Frost is via the Lasuen Gate near the corner of Lasuen Street and Roth Way. Once inside the gate, proceed through the tunnel to enter Frost. NOTE: The Galvez Gate is not on an accessible route to enter Frost for those using wheelchairs/mobility devices and/or have limited mobility.

Mobility Assistance

A limited golf cart shuttle service will be available on Roth Way and at the Galvez Gate to  transport guests needing assistance to the Lasuen Gate. Golf carts will provide return service to these locations immediately following Baccalaureate. No advanced registration is required for this service.


Wheelchair seating and a limited mobility seating area is available and ushers will assist guests as needed once inside the Lasuen Gate. While seating is outside and most seating will be in direct sunlight, there will be some shaded seating options available. All seating is first come, first served.