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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.

Baccalaureate - Friday, June 10, 2022, Frost Amphitheater

10:00 AM Class of 2022 ceremony
4:00 PM Class of 2020 ceremony

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.

Headshot of Bishop Yvette A. Flunder (Image credit: Courtesy Yvette A. Flunder)

Baccalaureate Speaker Class of 2020: Bishop Yvette A. Flunder

Bishop Yvette A. Flunder’s work for “those most marginalized in church and in society” led to the founding of the City of Refuge church. She was consecrated Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a multidenominational coalition of more than 100 primarily African American Christian leaders and laity, in 2003.

Headshot of Simran Jeet Singh (Image Credit: Courtesy Simran Jeet Singh)

Baccalaureate Class of 2022 Speaker: Simran Jeet Singh

Simran Jeet Singh was included on TIME magazine’s Fighting for a More Equal America list because of his commitment to “fairness for all faiths.” He is executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Religion & Society Program, a visiting professor of history and religion at Union Theological Seminary, and a Soros Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundations.

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.

Over 50 entries were submitted for the chance to speak during Stanford's Baccalaureate ceremonies on Friday, June 10, 2022.

Below are 3 speech prompts, meant to serve as a source of inspiration for the entries.

  • What moment during your Stanford experience most effectively served as a catalyst for change / self-development?
  • Which experiences or lessons from your time at Stanford have been most impactful on your journey at Stanford?
  • How did a relationship from your time at Stanford help you grow?
Madison Fish, Class of 2020
Class of 2020 Speaker Contest Winner

Maddy Fish

Maddy Fish is a member of the Class of 2020. While at Stanford, she majored in Human Biology focusing on the social and emotional dimensions of children's lives. She now works in early education as a kindergarten teacher in East Palo Alto. Her broader interest is in working to end the transmission of trauma in school systems. She hopes to continue learning about the slow work of shifting culture and providing spiritual care. She loves reading, bird watching, board games, and time with friends.

Class of 2022 Speaker Contest Winner

Temi Bolodeoku

Temi, a Nigerian educated in the United Kingdom, is a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering with a Coterminal Masters in Management Science and Engineering. With experience in corporate finance and venture capital in Nigeria, Temi is committed to playing a major role in the interaction between finance, technology and development. Temi’s experiences in Nigeria have made him passionate about digital infrastructure systems in emerging sectors and he is looking forward to joining a team that is building value-creating platforms. In his free time, Temi is an avid Chelsea fan and content creator; he holds a growing online presence on several social media platforms.