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PAST BACCALAUREATE
SERVICE SPEAKERS

Maryam Aziz

Columbia College ‘13

Muslim

 

Daniel Bonner

Columbia College ‘13

Jewish

Talia Klein

Barnard College ‘13

Jewish

 

 

Maliha Tariq

Barnard College ‘13

Muslim

Kalin Gregory

Barnard College ‘13

Christian

 

Kapil Wattamwar

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science ‘13

Hindu
 

Eva Suarez

Columbia College ‘13

Christian

 

Matthew Scanlon

School of General Studies ‘13

Christian

 

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.