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Baccalaureate

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.

JUNE 16, 2018 -
10:00AM TO 11:00AM

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 2018 sunglasses.

Baccalaureate Speaker

Writer, poet, and memoirist Elizabeth Alexander will address graduating students at Baccalaureate, a multifaith celebration, on Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. in the Main Quad. 

Alexander is president of the Mellon Foundation, a philanthropic organization for higher education and the arts. Her writing, which addresses topics such as race, gender, politics and motherhood, has been published in numerous journals, including the Village Voice, Prairie Schooner and Paris Review. Her 2005 book of poems, American Sublime, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In 2009, then President-elect Barack Obama asked Alexander to compose and read a poem for his inauguration. The poem, “Praise Song for the Day,” was recited before an international audience and later published.

A native of Harlem, New York, Alexander grew up in Washington, D.C. Her father, Clifford Alexander, was the former U.S. Secretary of the Army and the first African-American to hold the position. She received degrees from Yale and Boston universities before earning her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

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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. 

We are pleased to announce this year's 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.

 

 

Past Speaker Contest Winners

 

Past winners, and available texts or videos, are listed below.

2017 Winner: Emma Coleman (International Relations and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity)
2016 Winner: Zainab Taymuree (African and African American Studies)

Text: http://news.stanford.edu/2016/06/11/prepared-text-student-zainab-taymurees-baccalaureate-speech/

Video: https://youtu.be/_gbFfHM64vQ#t=52m12s

2015 Winner: Shelby Sinclair (Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity)

Text: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/june/student-baccalaureate-text-061315.html

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SsfL14xwbc

2014 Konstantine Buhler (Management Science and Engineering)

Text: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/june/student-baccalaureate-text-061414.html

Video: http://youtu.be/hN9p__BHHDs

2013 Jonathan York (International Relations)

Text:
 http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/june/york-baccalaureate-speech-061513.html

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qnfm1Eb5BHQ

2012 Tara Gu (Public Policy)

Text: 
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/june/baccalaureate-student-text-061612.html

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YsRPpeSt7s

2011 Samuel Gould (Biology)

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwtCmfVAcw0

2010 Zaid Adhami (Philosophy, Religious Studies)

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7cfaG9j26A

2009 Sohail Razzaq (Economics, Management Science & Engineering (MS))

Text: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2009/june17/razzaq-text-061709.html

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RwmymaeZx0

2008 Barry W. Fischer (Economics, Civil and Engineering (MS))

Text: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2008/june18/bacbarry-061808.html

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuL7qreqHuE

2007 Nikki Pareno Serapio (Political Science)

Text: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2007/june20/bactwo-062007.html

2006 Marley Cade Kornreic (Economics, International Relations)

Text: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2006/june21/bacckorntext-062106.html

2005 Jazib Zahir (Electrical Engineering)

Text: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/zahir-061505.html