Santa Clara University

Office for Multicultural Learning

Pan Asian Senior Recognition Ceremony

The 2015 Pan Asian Senior Recognition Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the California Mission Room in the Benson Center.  Doors open at 4:30 pm.

Pan Asian Senior Recognition Ceremony is a reception that recognizes the graduating class of Asian descent from Santa Clara University.  This event is a special time for you to bring together your family and friends to help you celebrate this remarkable accomplishment.

We would like to extend an invitation for graduates (and anyone else) to help make this an event to remember!  This evening will be filled with great memories of your past four years, pictures, and good food! This ceremony is a great way for you to share with your family and friends your accomplishments at SCU as well! If you would like to participate in the ceremony, please RSVP at 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.  For additional information or any questions, please contact Pauline Nguyen.


Connie Chang

MAJOR/MINOR: Human Development

PERSONAL STATEMENT: Santa Clara has been an experience of peaks and valleys, ups and downs. Connie is very grateful for the opportunity to attend this University, throughout all of the good times and struggles. Congratulations to the class of 2006 and thanks to everyone, professors, mentors, classmates and friends but especially to her mama and grammy, for always believing in her and the tremendous sacrifices they have made for her. Connie loves you both with all of her heart.


What is it?  

The Pan Asian Senior Recognition Ceremony is a graduation reception and celebration for all graduating students who identify as Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, East Asian, South Asian, or any other Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity. The ceremony is a more intimate way of celebrating graduation with family and friends, and focuses on the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

What will happen at this event?  

The planning committee has put together a Senior Recognition Ceremony that honors the diverse ethnic heritages of the Pan Asian community. This evening will start with a reception, then proceed with guest speakers, "sashing" of the graduates, and much more! 

Is this event the actual graduation (commencement)? 

No, the official University-wide Commencement will be held the Saturday after the Pan Asian 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. The Pan Asian Senior Ceremony is not a required event for you to attend, but is an additional highlight of commencement festivities.

What should I wear? 

Dress code is business casual, i.e. no ties, 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 but they will also need to RSVP by the specified deadline.

How long will the event last?  

Approximately 1 hour.

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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