Stanford Baccalaureate Celebration Acknowledges Diverse Religious Traditions

June 18, 2003

Source: Stanford Report

On June 18, 2003 the Stanford Report reported that "Sumir Meghani, a graduating senior in economics, read... lines of Hindu scripture Saturday morning in the Quad at the beginning of the 2003 [Stanford] Baccalaureate Celebration... The event, which also included readings, prayers and music from the Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Shinto traditions, took place on an unusually mild mid-June weekend before a sea of mortarboards, sunglasses, straw hats and sun dresses... Graduating senior Valarie Kaur Brar, a third-generation Sikh American, also spoke during the celebration. After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Brar embarked on a film project to document hate crimes and prejudice directed at Sikh Americans and other communities."