Santa Clara University

Office for Multicultural Learning

Black Senior Recognition Ceremony

This year's Black Senior Recognition Ceremony will be held Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the Williman Room (Benson Center). Doors open at 6:00 pm.  Black Senior Recognition Ceremony is a reception that began in order to recognize the graduating class of African descent from Santa Clara University. Accordingly, this should be a time for you to bring together your family and friends to help you celebrate this remarkable accomplishment.

In addition to entertainment, a keynote address, food, and celebration, there will be an open mic period to give you a chance to share your thoughts and reflections with your class. We would also like to extend an invitation for graduates to participate! We are looking for YOU to share your creative expressions-dance, song, poetry, monologue, video, short movie or wherever your creativity lies. This is a great way for you to show how you have developed during your time here at Santa Clara University and have your family and friends share in the fruits of your labor! 

If you would like to participate, please RSVP here and fill out your personal statement by May 29th, 2015. The personal statement is an opportunity to reflect on your experience at Santa Clara and to thank your family, friends, faculty and staff who supported you. The statements will be read aloud at the ceremony so write your statement in third person. Please note, to enable all the statements to be read in a timely manner, your personal statement can be no more than 4 to 5 sentences. Graduating from college is a privilege in which you should all be very proud. We look forward to your participation in the celebration of your accomplishment!


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NAME: Sibusiso Masunda
MAJOR: Management Information Systems

REFLECTIONS: Always know who you are. Just because you are Black on campus doesn't mean that everything about your experience has to be Black/Multicultural. Put yourself out there… be challenged. Increase your world-view. SCU is like a machine… It is virtually worthless if your input is close to zero. Therefore, the more input the more output (enhanced learning experiences, friends, opportunities, support, appreciation, etc) you will get out of SCU. So challenge yourself. Get out and meet people. Get involved in some way. Never let being a minority stop you from trying something new… After all, isn't that what the college experience is all about - "New Experiences". Try not to just get good grades… Try to learn and retain concepts.

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Is this the actual graduation?

No, the Black Senior Ceremony is an opportunity for the community to celebrate your accomplishments and an occasion for you to show appreciation for those who have been instrumental in those accomplishments. The official University-wide Commencement will be held the Saturday after the Black Senior Ceremony. It will be at the Commencement that you will receive your diploma from the University President. Please contact the University's Commencement Office for details on the University's graduation activities.

What should I wear?

Dress code is business casual, i.e. no tie, no jeans, no flip flops. You do not need to, nor should you wear your cap and gown.

How many guests can I bring?

Because we have limited capacity and want all seniors to have the opportunity to bring up to 4 guests, we can only guarantee a spot for 4 guests per senior. If you have more guests in your party, email and we'll put them on a waiting list.

Can I invite my teachers and staff members?

Yes, you may invite the faculty or staff members you want to attend.

What kind of food will be served?

Light appetizers.

How long will the event last?

Approximately 1.5 hours.

If I can't make my specific Senior Ceremony, can I still have a sash?

Yes, for $10 you can purchase a sash if you cannot attend your specific Senior Ceremony.

Because there are limited number of sashes, we give priority to the students who will be attending the ceremony. We ask that you email before May 29th and you will be able to pick up your sash on a first come first serve basis on June 5, between 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm.

What happens if I have missed the May 29th deadline to RSVP?

If you miss the May 29th deadline, you will be put on a wait list. There's no guarantee that you will get a sash or spot to walk in the ceremony. Please RSVP before May 29th @ 5:00pm to guarantee a sash and spot to walk in the ceremony!

What happens if I RSVP for a ceremony and I don't show up?

You can still pick up a sash from OML for a $20 no show fee on Friday June 12 from 11am - 1pm.

Can I walk in a different ethnic senior ceremony than my own?

We recognize that you may find community with friends that have a different ethnicity than your own, but we also want to acknowledge the importance of celebrating graduation within one's ethnic group. For a fee of $30, you may walk in a different ethnic senior ceremony than you own and receive that ethnicity's sash.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

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