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April 1, 2004, Vol. 3, No. 6
Santa Clara University

Graduate schools' Commencement 2004 has new place, new day

Leavey Center gets first commencement ever on Friday evening, June 11

Leavey CenterAfter five years in the Sunday heat of Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara University's graduate schools' commencement ceremony will be held in 2004 for the first time in a remodeled Leavey Center.

Degrees will be awarded by the Leavey School of Business, the School of Engineering, and the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries at 7:30 p.m. ceremonies, Friday, June 11. A graduate reception in the sports arena will follow the ceremony.

Law School ceremonies on May 22 will stay in the Mission Gardens.

The Leavey Center lost its inflatable roof in a massive remodeling in 2000, and in addition to basketball and volleyball games, has been the site of several university-wide meetings, including convocations and the Institute on Globalization.

The graduate schools' commencement will be the first such event held in the 5,000 seat arena.

Since 1999, when undergraduate commencement ceremonies were moved out of the Missions Gardens, the graduate degrees have been awarded the day after the undergraduate commencement in Buck Shaw Stadium.

The undergraduate and graduate commencement had been held in Mission Gardens for about 75 years, said George Giacomini, historian and assistant to the president. The two separated to different days about 20 years ago.

"We also will avoid future conflicts with Father's Day," Giacomini said of the new graduation day. He said the University hopes that the new Friday commencement for graduate schools will better integrate it into the activities of Commencement Weekend.

The School of Law will continue to award its degrees in the Mission Gardens. Law commencement is set for Saturday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m.

Undergraduate commencement will be at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 12, in Buck Shaw Stadium. Since commencement moved to the baseball-soccer stadium, attendance has exceeded 12,000.


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