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. It is a time to acknowledge the spiritual contribution to the education of the whole person, and it is organized under the auspices of the Office for Religious Life.
LIMITED SEATING, NO TICKETS REQUIRED.
Graduating students are asked to meet in cap and gown at the rear of Memorial Church starting at 9:00 am where you can enjoy bagels, coffee and tea. The first 800 seniors will receive Class of 2019 sunglasses.
Ibtihaj Muhammad, an activist, entrepreneur and Olympic medalist, has been named Stanford's Baccalaureate speaker. Muhammad made history in Rio as the first U.S. woman to compete in the Olympic Game in hijab and reached her goal of standing on the podium when she won bronze with the U.S. Women’s Saber Team. Ranked No. 7 in the world individually, Muhammad won gold with Team USA at the 2014 Senior World Championships and holds four bronze Senior World medals.
As a Muslim youth, Muhammad’s parents were in search of a sport for her to play where she could be fully covered. Fencing provided a unique opportunity where Muhammad could fulfill her desire to participate in sport and adhere to the tenants of her faith to cover her body. She began fencing at age 13 and never looked back.
Muhammad trains in New York City at the Peter Westbrook Foundation, an organization founded by Olympian Peter Westbrook to mentor inner-city kids through the sport of fencing. Muhammad, a three-time All-American, graduated from Duke University with a dual major in international relations and African studies, and a minor in Arabic. In 2014, Muhammad launched her own clothing company, Louella, which aims to bring modest fashionable clothing to the United States market.
She also is a sports ambassador, where she serves on the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls Through Sport Initiative. She has traveled to various countries to engage in dialogue on the importance of sports and education.
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.
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
- Attach your speech in Word format.
- 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
Past Speaker Contest Winners
2018 Baccalaureate student speaker contest winner: Eni Jonathan Asebiomo.
Eni Asebiomo was originally born in Brooklyn New York and is the second of 8 children, to Dr. Bankole Asebiomo and Mrs. Folasade Asebiomo. He is a Computer Science Major and has been involved in Frosh Council, the Undergraduate Senate, LSJUMB and Robotics Club. Additionally he has been an RA on campus for 2 years. After graduation, Eni will be starting full time at SpaceX in the fall as an Integration and Test Engineer for Falcon 9. Eni enjoys working with people, eating brunch and spending time with friends.
2015 Winner: Shelby Sinclair (Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity)
2014 Konstantine Buhler (Management Science and Engineering)
2013 Jonathan York (International Relations)
2012 Tara Gu (Public Policy)
2011 Samuel Gould (Biology)
2010 Zaid Adhami (Philosophy, Religious Studies)
2009 Sohail Razzaq (Economics, Management Science & Engineering (MS))
2008 Barry W. Fischer (Economics, Civil and Engineering (MS))
2007 Nikki Pareno Serapio (Political Science)
2006 Marley Cade Kornreic (Economics, International Relations)
2005 Jazib Zahir (Electrical Engineering)