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Celebrating Stanford: Baccalaureate

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The Office for Religious & Spiritual Life celebrates life’s big moments at Stanford by hosting our University's annual Baccalaureate celebration.

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.

2023 Stanford Baccalaureate Highlights

Class of 2024 Baccalaureate

Saturday, June 15, 2024 | 10:00 AM

Frost Amphitheater

The Office for Religious & Spiritual Life celebrates life’s big moments at Stanford by hosting the University's annual Baccalaureate celebration. It is a time to acknowledge the spiritual contribution to the education of the whole person. The celebration will feature a keynote speaker, reflections and readings from graduating students and performances by Talisman and Taiko.

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Varun Soni, dean of religious and spiritual life at the University of Southern California

Baccalaureate Keynote 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)

Hannah Oo, Class of 2024
Class of 2024 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 Arrilaga Family Dining Commons where, 'the coffee is free and the vibes are good.' 

How to Attend Baccalaureate

Venue map; Details in text form can be found on the webpage.
Visual map of Frost Amphitheater with arrows pointing to the Graduate Entrance (Grove Gate), (Main Entrance Galvez Gate), and Accessible Parking & Entrance (Lasuen Gate)

Graduates: Enter through the Grove Gate on Lasuen Street between Bing Concert Hall and Frost Amphitheater. Gates open at 8:30 am. Arrive before 9:30 am. See entry instructions in the Graduating Students section.

Family, friends, general public: Enter through the Galvez Gate at the corner of Campus Drive and Galvez Street. Gates open at 9:00 am. See entry and parking instructions in the General Event Information section.

Accessible entrance: Enter through the Lasuen Gate near the corner of Roth Way and Lasuen Street. Gates open at 9:00 am. See entry and parking instructions in the Accessible Parking and Entrance section.

Graduating Students

Entry is conditional. To participate in Baccalaureate, please see the requirements below:

  1. Have your Stanford University photo ID card ready to be checked.
    • Don't have your SUID? Check in at the Student Services desk near the entrance. Be willing to briefly remove masks at check in for identity verification.
  2. Only eligible graduates and candidates are allowed to be in the lineup area, procession, and graduate seating area.
  3. Carry your gown, do not wear it. You may put your gown on once you are through security and inside the lineup area.
  4. All items and bags must meet the Clear Bag Policy conditions.
    • Graduates with prohibited bags or items will be asked to dispose of them at the gate. All items are subject to search.
  5. Entry and late entry will be at the discretion of event management.
  6. No re-entry permitted.
  7. Once checked in and through security, follow the signs and proceed to your lineup area to await further instructions.

Breakfast will be served in the lineup area.

General Event Information

This event is open to:

  • Graduating Students
  • Family, Friends, and Guests
  • General Public
  • Public Livestream
  • No tickets required

 

Please note the following general safety and entry conditions:

  • All items are subject to search.
  • All items and bags must meet the  Clear Bag Policy conditions.
  • Stanford has the authority to prohibit any other items that are deemed to be a security or safety risk.
  • No amplification equipment or noisemakers of any kind.
  • No banners, posters, flags, or other signage.
  • Masks: Guests may be asked to remove any masks upon entry.
  • Entry and late seating will be at the discretion of event management. No re-entry permitted.
  • No dangerous or disruptive behavior.
  • No animals permitted (service animals exempt).
  • Livestream and filming will occur at this event. University staff may be taking official photographs for posting on Stanford websites and other university publications. By entering, you consent to Stanford University using your image and likeness.
  • No smoking of any kind in the venue.
  • Anyone causing disruptions or found with items which are prohibited or otherwise restricted may be subject to removal from the venue.
  • These conditions may apply to other Commencement-related events throughout the weekend.
  • Entering the venue shall be deemed consenting to all of the above conditions and any others set by Stanford University at its events.

 

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 sunblock 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.

Students and General Parking

Free parking for graduates and guests is available at the Galvez Lot (L-96), Stanford, CA 94305.

Accessibility Information

Accessible Parking and Entrance

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. View the Frost Map for accessible routes.

Accessible Entrance

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 an accessible route to enter Frost for those using wheelchairs/mobility devices and/or have limited mobility.

Mobility Assistance

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.

Seating

Wheelchair seating and a limited mobility seating area are 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.