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Fish Interfaith Center

» Interfaith Baccalaureate Service

Join the 2023 Baccalaureate with Val Chmerkovskiy and Antonique Smith!

Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 7 p.m.
Ray and Pauline Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center.


Graduating students are all invited, along with their families and Chapman students, faculty and staff. Graduates, RSVP to ensure that you have a seat. Family and other guests are welcome to join the celebration without requesting a ticket, but please be mindful that seating is first come, first served.

For questions regarding the Baccalaureate service, please contact the Fish Interfaith Center staff at

The Baccalaureate service at Chapman University is not your traditional baccalaureate service: it features a deeply inspirational message for all graduates, whether secular, spiritual or religious, honoring each graduate’s search for meaning.

Co-sponsors with the Fish Interfaith Center: Agyros School of Business and Economics, Attallah College of Educational Studies, College of Performing Arts, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Fowler School of Engineering, Fowler School of Law, Leatherby Libraries, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, Schmidt College of Science and Technology, School of Communication, School of Pharmacy, and Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Meet this year's speaker!

This year, our service will feature Val Chmerkovskiy! While many know Chmerkovskiy for being a two-time champion of Dancing with the Stars, he is also the co-founder of the Humanitarian Aid Fund, Baranova27, which sends relief and supplies to the people of Ukraine. Chmerkovskiy is also an author of the National Bestseller "I'll Never Change My Name".

Meet this year’s star vocalist!

We are delighted to welcome Antonique Smith, Actress, Vocalist, and Activist. She starred as Faith Evans in Notorious and as Aretha Franklin’s mother in Genius, with a leading role as Mimi Marquez in RENT on Broadway.

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