Emma Coleman selected student Baccalaureate speaker

Emma Coleman
Emma Coleman is the Baccalaureate student speaker.

Senior EMMA COLEMAN has been named the 2017 Baccalaureate student speaker by the Office for Religious Life and the four senior class presidents.  Baccalaureate will be the day before Commencement, Saturday, June 17, at 10 a.m. on the Main Quadrangle. Coleman was selected from among 36 applicants.

Coleman is a senior from Chicago who will be earning her bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

In Chicago, she was involved in the slam poetry and social justice community through her work with Young Chicago Authors. Since coming to Stanford, she has served as resident assistant in Muwekma-Tah-Ruk and Haus Mitt and on the 2017 class cabinet. She also is the mental health and well-being co-chair of the ASSU Executive Cabinet.

Coleman is committed to furthering racial justice through policy reform. Her thesis, Sentencing Pregnancy, explores how sentencing reform can bring about greater community healing for pregnant women of color in the criminal justice system. In the future, she hopes to work at the intersection of policy and the arts, specifically by using art as a political change agent.

This year’s Baccalaureate also features guest speaker MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Baccalaureate at Stanford is a celebratory gathering for graduating seniors, graduate students and professional students, as well as their families and friends. It is the bookend to the Opening Convocation  and a time to acknowledge the spiritual contribution to the education of the whole person.

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