Baccalaureate Service with Val Chmerkovskiy and Antonique Smith Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m., Fish Interfaith Center

Two-time champion of Dancing with the Stars, Val Chmerkovskiy, is the co-founder of the humanitarian aid fund, Baranova27, which sends relief and supplies to the people of Ukraine. Chmerkovskiy, who is also the author of the National Bestseller “I’ll Never Change My Name,” will serve as speaker during the baccalaureate service. Grammy-nominated artist and environmental activist Antonique Smith will sing during the service.

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

Graduating students are all invited, along with their families and Chapman students, faculty and staff.

Graduates RSVP at, to ensure 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

Co-sponsors with the Fish Interfaith Center include: Argyros School of Business and Economics, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, College of Performing Arts, 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, Schmid College of Science and Technology, School of Communication, School of Pharmacy, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

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