Baccalaureate Service

Tappan Square: From Private Conviction to Public Action

She will speak on the topic, "Tappan Square: From Private Conviction to Public Action."

The annual Multifaith Baccalaureate Service will be 1:30 p.m., on May 21 in Finney Chapel with guest speaker Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the executive director of T’ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, an organization that mobilizes 1,800 rabbis and cantors and tens of thousands of American Jews to protect human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories. She will speak on the topic, “From Private Conviction to Public Action.”

Widely regarded as a leading voice on Jewish social justice, Rabbi Jacobs regularly lectures at synagogues, Jewish community centers, and conferences and has written about Jewish perspectives on social justice and human rights for more than two dozen publications.

This year's multifaith celebration, expressing the 2017 Baccalaureate theme, "At Tappan Square: From Private Conviction to Public Action," provides graduating students, their families, alumni, and members of the faculty and staff an opportunity to reflect on the past four years, including turbulent times on our campus and in our society. Baccalaureate speaker Jacobs invites us to explore ways that we can live with integrity to the most particular beliefs we hold while partnering across traditions in extending generous hospitality and living boldly in our common call to social justice.

Read more about Rabbi Jill Jacobs.

Baccalaureate Service in Pictures

Multifaith Baccalaureate Celebration

Annual Baccalaureate Service in 2016 included a welcome address by A.G. Miller, associate professor of religion and an affiliate clergy of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, followed by a recognition of ORSL student workers, and keynote by the Rev. Frank Chikane.
Photographs by Yeven Gulenko