For 2022 Graduates
This event is open to:
351 Lasuen St
Stanford, CA 94305
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 OSRL by over 30 organizations of Stanford Associated Religions (SAR).
Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, educator, writer, activist, and scholar, will be the Baccalaureate Speaker at the baccalaureate ceremony for 2022 graduates at Stanford University on Friday, June 10, 2022.
He is the Executive Director of the Inclusive America Project at the Aspen Institute and author of The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life. Additionally, he is a Senior Adviser for Equity and Inclusion at YSC Consulting, Soros Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundations, and Visiting Professor for Union Seminary. Simran is a regular contributor for TIME Magazine, CNN.com, and The Washington Post, and a monthly columnist for Religion News Service. He holds multiple degrees: a PhD, MPhil, and MA from Columbia University, an MTS from Harvard University, and a BA from Trinity University.
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.
Class of 2022 Speaker Contest Winner
Temiloluwa Bolodeoku, a Nigerian educated in the United Kingdom, is a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering with a Coterminal Masters in Management Science and Engineering. With experience in corporate finance and venture capital in Nigeria, Temi is committed to playing a major role in the interaction between finance, technology and development. Temi’s experiences in Nigeria have made him passionate about digital infrastructure systems in emerging sectors and he is looking forward to joining a team that is building value-creating platforms. In his free time, Temi is an avid Chelsea fan and content creator; he holds a growing online presence on several social media platforms.
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.
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.
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.
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.