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SCU Convocation opens 150th anniversary year

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept.15, 2000 - Santa Clara University President Paul Locatelli, S.J., begins his third six-year term with the traditional Convocation speech today at 10:30 a.m., in Mayer Theatre.

Locatelli's speech will frame the University's mission for the 2000-01 academic year, and the University's yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary, as California's oldest institution of higher education.

New faculty, deans and directors also will be introduced. Faculty and staff will gather for lunch at noon on the Kenna Hall lawn.

Students will have their own kick-off celebration of the sesquicentennial year on Sunday, with a fun-filled night on the Santa Clara Mall in front of Benson Memorial Center. There will be two bands, carnival attractions, food and games, 8-11 p.m.

Classes for the fall term for undergraduate students and all graduate programs except the School of Law begin on Monday. Approximately 2,000 undergraduate students move into residence halls this weekend. Enrollment numbers will be available later this month. In 1999-2000, SCU had approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 3,200 graduate students.

The law school, on a semester system, began classes Aug.21.

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After 1 p.m., Sept. 15, look for texts of President Locatelli's speech and other convocation speeches on the president's Web site, www.scu.edu/president. For more information, contact Barry Holtzclaw, at 408-554-5126, or email, bholtzclaw@scu.edu.

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