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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 2023 Baccalaureate

Saturday, June 17, 2023 | 10:00 AM

Frost Amphitheater

(351 Lasuen St, Stanford, CA 94305 Map)

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.

Angela Warnick Buchdahl is senior rabbi at the Central Synagogue in New York City. (Image credit: Lorin Klaris Photography)
Class of 2023 Keynote Speaker

Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl

Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl, an innovative worship leader and the first Asian American to be ordained as a cantor or rabbi in North America, will be the speaker for the Baccalaureate celebration during 2023 Commencement Weekend at Stanford.

Portrait of Lusciana
Class of 2023 Student Speaker

Lusciana Celeste Gomez

Lusciana is graduating with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Astronomy. This fall she will begin the coterminal Master’s program in Community Health and Prevention Research before applying to dental school. In her free time, she loves to perform stand-up comedy and plan her future dental reality TV show. Lusciana can usually be found in the anatomy lab or at her nearest Chipotle. She will always be grateful to the friends and mentors she met at Stanford.

Graduating Students

To participate in Baccalaureate, you must follow these instructions

General Event Information

This event is open to: 

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

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.

Accessibility Information


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.


Wheelchair seating and a limited mobility seating area are available and ushers will assist guests as needed once inside the Lasuen Gate. While eating 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.



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