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Baccalaureate service to be held in Inner Quad

STANFORD -- Stanford University's baccalaureate service, held the past several years in Frost Amphitheater, will instead be staged this June in the Inner Quad.

In addition, the starting time has been moved to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 11. The event, part of Commencement Weekend activities, had started at 9 a.m. in earlier years.

Lois Wagner, director of Events and Services, said the multifaith ceremony, which this year will feature an address by Wilma M. Ellis, administrator general of the Baha'i International Community, was moved for two primary reasons.

The Inner Quad/West Portal setting, she said, would enable a "more intimate, spiritual gathering" for the expected thousands of participants. Also, she said, the end of the baccalaureate will coincide with the beginning of the annual plaque-laying ceremony on the same stage.

Previously, students, parents and guests who wanted to attend both events had to scramble to get from Frost to the Inner Quad for the annual event in which the graduating class buries a time capsule and dedicates a plaque in the quad.

The baccalaureate ceremony also will feature spiritual readings by Acting Dean of the Chapel Diana Akiyama, senior class presidents and ministers of major religious groups on campus.



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