Traditionally held on the morning of the annual Commencement exercises, Baccalaureate is a celebration of our graduates’ time at Lafayette.

This year’s Baccalaureate, entitled “A Celebration of the Class of 2020,” featured reflections by students and faculty. Faculty members who received Hoff Awards were invited to speak.

The event included Lafayette’s alma mater, performed by Linsday Altschuler ’20, Emily Emick ’20, Ryan Fainor ’20, Matthew Schuman ’20 and directed by Jennifer Kelly, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

“You Do Not Walk Alone” was performed by Lindsay Altschuler ’20, Emily Emick ’20, Ryan Fainor ’20, Celine Lawrence ’20, Matthew Schuman ’20, Nicolette Sonmez ’20, Cassandra Warrener ’20. The performance was directed by Emily Emick ’20 and accompanied by pianist Caroline Sabin ’21.

The Legendary Harmonies concluded the program with a medley performance. Members include: Jordan Allison ’20Esther Flavien ’20, Rochelle Greenidge ’20, KeeShawn Murphy ’20, Rindra Randriamanantena ’20, Arianna Woodberry ’20, Calvin Wright ’20.

Here is a list of those who delivered remarks:

Rev. Alex Hendrickson, director of religious & spiritual life and college chaplain

President Alison Byerly

Hafsa Kanjwal, assistant professor of history

Brandon Posivak ’20

Trisha Agarwal ’20

Kaila Aguerre ’20

Neha Vora, associate professor of anthropology & sociology

Adrianna DiMarco ’20

Dan Goodman ’20

Stephen Emick P’20

Katie Gonick ’20 and Gabrielle Tropp ’20

Erik Laucks ’20

Lauren Myers, associate professor of psychology

Saeed Malami ’20

Matt Hyde, assistant vice president of enrollment management/dean of admissions, and Annette Diorio, vice president of campus life

Categorized in: 2020 Celebrations, Academic News, Commencement 2020, News and Features, Students


  1. Tony Pace says:

    A journey through adversity can make you stronger and the Class 2020 has another reason to be ONE LAFAYAETTE. #LeopardStrong

  2. Tony says:

    A journey through adversity can make you stronger and the Class 2020 has another reason to be ONE LAFAYAETTE. #LeopardStrong

  3. Susan Basow says:

    This was just beautiful: touching, polished, communal. Well done!

  4. Bruce Bodner says:

    Is the August 1st graduation ceremony virtual or actual ?

    1. Katrin Neitz says:

      Hi, Brian, At this time, the plan is for the August 1 Commencement ceremony to be in person on campus.

  5. Dianne Renwick says:

    I know this is not the commencement, but wIll the names of the 2020 graduates be mentioned in the May 23rd baccalaureate cerwmony?

    1. Katrin Neitz says:

      Hi, Dianne, While Saturday’s Baccalaureate service celebrates the Class of 2020, this program does not list all of the graduates.

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