Brown University, founded by 18th century Baptists, exhibited a rare tolerance for often competing religious views. The University’s founders, however, could not have imagined the diversity that characterizes Brown today.
Perhaps no ceremony bears witness to the dramatic changes in the campus community better than the annual Baccalaureate held every May in conjunction with the Commencement ceremonies. Honoring the ancient custom of graduates receiving the laurels of oration from distinguished voices delivering Baccalaureate addresses, the service in the modern era has featured Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, John Hume, Bill Moyers, Shiran Ebadi, Dave Eggers, Gustavo Guittierez, David Rohde, and the Aga Khan to name only a few.
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