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2024 Baccalaureate Celebration

This event will also be livestreamed

Gates open at 9:00 a.m.

Event Details:

Saturday, June 15, 2024
10:00am - 11:00am PDT


Frost Amphitheater
351 Lasuen St
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

This event is open to:

Graduating Students
Family, Friends, & Guests
Public Livestream
No tickets required

Baccalaureate (pronounced “bak-uh-lawr-ee-it”) at Stanford is a celebratory gathering for graduating seniors, graduate students, and professional students, as well as their families and friends. This gathering is part of Commencement weekend and is a bookend to the Opening Convocation held four years earlier.

Baccalaureate Speaker

Varun Soni, dean of religious and spiritual life at the University of Southern California, will be the keynote speaker for Stanford’s 2024 Baccalaureate celebration. (Image credit: Daniel Park)

Varun Soni

Varun Soni, an interfaith leader who is the first Hindu to serve as the lead chaplain on a U.S. college campus, will be the keynote speaker for Stanford’s 2024 Baccalaureate celebration in June.

Dean of religious and spiritual life at the University of Southern California, Soni will speak during the celebratory event for graduates, family members, and other guests on Saturday morning, June 15, at Frost Amphitheater. Commencement ceremonies will follow on Sunday, June 16.

Soni, who also served as USC’s inaugural vice provost of campus wellness and crisis intervention, became the first Hindu to be chief religious or spiritual leader of a college or university in American history in 2008. He holds a BA in religion from Tufts University, MTS from Harvard Divinity School, MA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, JD from the University of California, Los Angeles, and PhD from the University of Cape Town.

“Dean Soni’s commitment to religious diversity and spiritual wellness has been transformational for college campuses across the country,” said Tiffany Steinwert, dean for religious and spiritual life at Stanford. “Placing community and belonging at the heart of spiritual life, and the university itself, Soni has explored new ways in which higher education can support students as they create lives of meaning and purpose.”

Read the full article on the Stanford Report

Student Speaker

Hannah Oo
Biology, ‘24

Hannah Oo, from Battle Creek, MI, is graduating with a B.S. in Biology (Biochemistry/Biophysics track, with Honors) and minors in Creative Writing (Prose Track) and Spanish. At Stanford, she continued her passion of figure skating through Stanford Club Figure Skating, and she worked in Laura Dassama’s lab (ChEM-H) studying bacterial sterol transport proteins. Hannah served as Co-President of Stanford Myanmar Student Association and Undergraduate Coordinator for Stanford Vaccine Crew. She also volunteered with Dialekt language tutoring and served as Engagement Officer for Stanford Club Sports Executive Council. 

After graduation, Hannah will be working as a clinical research coordinator at UCSF before matriculating into medical school to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor. In the meantime, she is grateful for the dreams she has fulfilled at Stanford. These include a quarter abroad in Madrid, residency with her best friends in the beautiful Jerry House during her senior year, and study sessions at Arrillaga Family Dining Commons where, ‘the coffee is free and the vibes are good.’