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Graduation 2012

Details for the 161st Graduation Ceremonies

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The undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies will be streamed live. Click here to view. Optimized for mobile devices.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
(Bachelor's Degree)

Steve Wozniak, the iconic co-founder of Apple Computer, current chief scientist at Fusion-io, and one of the original architects of the personal-computing industry, will deliver the commencement speech for SCU's undergraduate class of 2012 on Saturday, June 16, at 8:30 a.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.

“I look forward to speaking to Santa Clara’s graduating class as they close this academic chapter of their lives and embark on the many adventures that await them in the next chapter,” says Wozniak, a longtime supporter of education, especially math, electronics, and science education for school-age children in the Bay Area.

Read more about Wozniak.

Students and families: additional information about the undergraduate commencement is available here.

Graduate Commencement Ceremony
(Master's and Doctoral Degrees)

Martha J. Kanter, the under secretary of education for the U.S. Department of Education and former chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, will address SCU’s graduate students at their 2012 commencement ceremony Friday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Leavey Events Center.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Under Secretary Kanter to SCU,” says Michael Engh, S.J., president of Santa Clara University. “She has dedicated her career to improving both access and quality of higher education—goals that have also been part of Santa Clara since its founding.”

Read more about Under Secretary Kanter.

Students and families: additional information about the graduate commencement is available here.

Alumni Association Sponsored Graduation Picnic
Following the conclusion of the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday morning, families and students who have made reservations for the Graduation Picnic will gather at Bellomy Field for food, refreshments, and live music. Reserved tickets are available for pick up beginning Wednesday, June 13, at noon, through Friday, June 15, at 5 p.m. in the Donohoe Alumni House, or at will-call the day of the picnic. Hours for Donohoe are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Read more about the picnic.

Commencement Liturgy & President's Reception
Preceding the graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 15, 2012, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Leavey Center, all graduates, families, and friends are invited to participate in the Commencement Liturgy. The celebration is a time for giving thanks and praise for the gifts given and received while at Santa Clara University. Students of all faiths are welcome for the service in the Leavey Center.

Immediately following the Commencement Liturgy, the graduates, along with their families and friends, are invited to a reception in their honor in the Mission Gardens. Hosted by University President Michael E. Engh, S.J. 5:30 p.m., June 15, 2012 in the Mission Gardens.