Baccalaureate

Baccalaureate

(pronounced “bak-uh-lawr-ee-it”)

Baccalaureate 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.

For the current event information regarding Baccalaureate, please visit:
http://commencement.stanford.edu/ceremonies/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.

Speeches should answer the question: How have your experiences at Stanford – personal, moral or spiritual – shaped who you are today and how can your reflections INSPIRE your classmates as they embark upon the next chapter of their lives?

To enter:

  • Speech cannot exceed 600 words
  • Entries accepted now through Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 11:59 pm
  • No exceptions to the deadline
  • Submit your speech in Word format
  • Finalists will be contacted on Thursday, April 30 and MUST be available for auditions on Friday, May 1 between 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • $500 prize awarded to the winner

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

2005 Jazib Zahir (Electrical Engineering)
Text: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/zahir-061505.html

2006 Marley Cade Kornreic (Economics, International Relations)
Text: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2006/june21/bacckorntext-062106.html

2007 Nikki Pareno Serapio (Political Science)
Text: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2007/june20/bactwo-062007.html

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

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

2010 Zaid Adhami (Philosophy, Religious Studies)
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7cfaG9j26A

2011 Samuel Gould (Biology)
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwtCmfVAcw0

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

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

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