Khan Academy founder to speak at Baccalaureate

Khan Academy founder wil speak at Baccalaureate at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, three days before graduation at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in De Anza College in Cupertino.

The event serves to allow the members of the graduating class of 2016 to reflect on their past high school years and look forward to the future with the help of motivational speeches and musical performances.

Senior class president Eli Friedlander organized Baccalaureate and its speaker lineup. Like previous Baccalaureates, the event will include speeches from Principal Diorio and the senior class present. Along with the traditional Concert Choir performance, seniors auditioned to speak or perform at the event.

According to Friedlander, the only difference this year besides a new class is special guest speaker Salman “Sal” Khan, founder of online education service Khan Academy.

“[Khan] lives in the area … and he was kind enough to accept our invitation to speak at Baccalaureate,” Friedlander said. “Having Sal Khan speak is definitely special, and I’m very excited for his speech.”