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03/25/93

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Methodist bishop to speak at June baccalaureate service

STANFORD -- Roy I. Sano, Los Angeles-area bishop of the United Methodist Church, will be the featured speaker at Stanford University's 1993 baccalaureate service, at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 12, in Frost Amphitheater.

Sano, 61, was born in Brawley, Calif., to Japanese immigrants who were converted to Christianity. When he was 11 years old, the family was sent to a World War II Japanese American internment camp and then to Pennsylvania, where they continued as farm workers under the sponsorship of a Quaker family.

From 1950 to 1969, Sano served in various pastoral roles in California and New York City. He later worked in academic settings for 15 years, teaching at Mills College in Oakland and the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley before his election to the episcopacy in 1984.

Sano holds degrees from the University of California-Los Angeles, the Union Theological Seminary in New York, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and the Claremont Graduate School. His books include From Every Nation Without Number and Outside the Gate: A Study of the Epistle to the Hebrews.

About 5,000 people normally attend Stanford's interdenominational baccalaureate ceremony, which also features spiritual readings by Dean of the Chapel Robert Gregg, senior class presidents and ministers of major religious groups on campus. The event is among Commencement Weekend activities.

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