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PAST BACCALAUREATE
SERVICE SPEAKERS

Alyssa Collins

School of General Studies '15

 

 

Fatima Diallo

Columbia College '15

 

Ankita Gore

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science '15

 

 

 

Katya Kamdani

Barnard College '15

 

Hillel Lehman

School of General Studies '15

 

 

Lucas Oliver

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science


 

Jessica Parker

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science '15

 

 

Mandeep Singh

Columbia College '15

 

Hannah Spellman

Barnard College '15

 
     

                                  

 
HISTORY OF THE SERVICE
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The Baccalaureate Service is believed to have originated at Oxford University in 1432 when each bachelor was required to deliver a sermon in Latin as part of his academic exercise. Since the earliest universities in this country were founded primarily to educate ministers, the British practice of the Baccalaureate Service was continued.

The tradition of the Baccalaureate Service at Columbia University began after the move to Morningside Heights in 1897. The Baccalaureate Service is now an interfaith, intercultural service celebrating the completion of each undergraduate's academic career and is the opening event of Commencement Week.

 
WEBCASTS
 

To view webcasts of past Baccalaureate services, visit the Commencement Archives.