Senior Edan Armas named student Baccalaureate speaker

Edan Armas
Edan Armas is the 2019 Baccalaureate student speaker.

The Senior Class Presidents of the Class of 2019 and the Office for Religious Life have named senior EDAN ARMAS, a poet and spoken word artist, as this year’s Baccalaureate student speaker.

“Baccalaureate reminds us that this is not a time for us to celebrate an achievement so much as it is a time for us to reflect upon a process,” Armas said, adding that the process can be difficult – even painful.

“As student speaker, I am moved by the importance of grounding ourselves in that pain, because to do so is to directly acknowledge all the ways we’ve become better people in the face of it,” he said.

The Baccalaureate ceremony will take place Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. in the Main Quad the day before Commencement. Armas’ speech will precede an address by this year’s Baccalaureate speaker, Ibtihaj Muhammad, an activist, entrepreneur and Olympic medalist.

Armas, a native of Roselle, Illinois, will graduate next month with a bachelor’s degree in human biology with a self-titled concentration in neurophenomenology of emotion. He spent much of his undergraduate career studying how emotion manifests in the body, mind and the collective consciousness.

This year, 42 applicants submitted speeches, which were evaluated by the Senior Class Presidents and leaders from the Office for Religious Life. Finalists were then selected to present their speeches and were judged based on their delivery, the authenticity of their message and its relevance to students.

“We admired Edan’s charisma and the authenticity of his language,” said Senior Class President TASHRIMA HOSSAIN. “His speech captured the tribulations and triumphs of the Stanford experience.”

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