Grand Reunion News
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Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013
Looking at our name, it should come as no surprise that the SCU Alumni Association’s primary constituency is comprised of, well, SCU alumni; we exist in order to build and maintain strong relationships between the University and its proud graduates. However, we also recognize that engaged students become engaged alumni; and so, through such programs as Life After SCU and our annual Bronco Idol competition, we outreach to students in order to create an enduring bond that we hope will last after they cross the stage in June and disperse throughout the world to pursue their passions and goals.
As this year’s graduation approached, you could almost feel a nervous tension in the air, partly because of those pesky finals standing between seniors and that stage, but mostly because of the competing emotions many were experiencing: Joy and sadness, anticipation and trepidation, satisfaction and regret. But as seniors streamed into Donohoe Alumni House to pick up their tickets for Graduation Picnic, the scales seemed to overwhelmingly tip in the more positive direction; these soon-to-be-graduates proudly accepted our enthusiastic congratulations and expressed excitement and hope for their futures beyond this beautiful campus.
While we wish all of the 2013 graduates well and hope to see them back on campus soon, there are a few who are especially near and dear to our hearts: Our (now former) Alumni Office student workers Brett Davey ’13, Cailin Doherty ’13, Jackie Fuhrman ’13, Kevin Galindo ’13, Anne Nino ’13, Jenna Saso ’13, Victor Republicano III ’13, and Edward Ternan ’13. Our student workers, as a corps, are quite indispensable to us and help us do what we do, and this recently graduated group truly helped us do it well, with style and class. Over the years, we’ve watched them develop into impressive and accomplished young men and women, and while we are sad to see them leave, we can take solace in the fact that they are, no doubt, on their way to bigger and better things. At this time, we would like to give a special shout out to Victor, who was given the honor of not only introducing commencement speaker Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63, but also hooding him after the former CIA Director and U.S. Defense Secretary received an honorary degree from the University. Visit the Mercury News website to view video excerpts of Panetta’s speech and see a photo of him being hooded.
The campus is noticeably quieter now, but the echoes of graduation still linger. As the summer picks up steam and rolls into fall, we look forward to creating new memories with the class of 2013 when they all return in October for their 0-Year Reunion and celebrate with the other 12 reunion classes. So, to our recent graduates, we say: Congratulations, good luck, and goodbye…for now.
Friday, Jun. 29, 2012
If you have attended Santa Clara’s Graduation Picnic over the past few years, you’ll recognize the title of this post as the iconic song that traditionally closes out this joyous event. As The Crocodiles belt out this catchy tune, a sea of revelers mostly made up of newly minted Santa Clara alumni throw up their hands, kick up their heels, and shout in celebration. It is truly a sight to see and a wonderful end to a day on campus that marks the beginning of the adult lives of these alumni.
This year’s Graduation Picnic was no different, and yet it still was unique: Faced with the challenge of adapting this long-standing event to accommodate the turf that was installed in Bellomy Field this past school year, the Alumni Office rose to the occasion of making sure that the Class of 2012 and their families would be able to rejoice in their special moment just as alumni before them had been able to do for the past 30+ years of the picnic’s existence. With extensive planning, creative configuration of the event setup, and the procurement of miles of turf covering, we were able to welcome a steady stream of more than 6000 graduates and guests through the gates of the Graduation Picnic. After sitting through countless speeches and what seemed like eons waiting for all of the graduates’ names to be called (and in the blazing hot sun, no less), everyone wanted nothing more than to get the party started. And they most certainly did.
As the band struck up those familiar first notes and the lead singer’s “Yeeeaaaaahhhhhh” reached the far corners of Bellomy Field, this siren call drew a huge, cheering crowd to the front of the stage. It was time to let loose! After all of the stress leading up to this day – Completing final papers and exams, moving out of dorms/houses, wrangling family members, making sure to get to the ceremony on time – this was what they were waiting for: Friends formed circles and danced, grads twirled their parents, younger siblings jumped up and down in excitement. Everyone was engulfed in the moment and it was beautiful.
The Alumni Office extends its most sincere congratulations to the class of 2012! We feel proud to have played a role in making sure your graduation day was special and we look forward to welcoming you back in the fall for your 0-Year Reunion, along with thousands of other members of the alumni family celebrating various milestones. After seeing how 2012 can party, we know that Grand Reunion won’t be the same without you…see you there!
Thursday, Jun. 9, 2011
There is a noticeable spark in the air this week as Santa Clara University’s class of 2011 prepares to leave the campus they have called home for the past four years and enter into what those of us in the know call “the real world”. The Alumni Association is proud to welcome the newest members of the alumni family and congratulates all graduates on a job well done.
There will, no doubt, be a few Bronco parents among the well-wishers in the stands this weekend gazing proudly at their sons and daughters while reminiscing about their own graduation from SCU. This intergenerational relationship with SCU is an excellent expression of the institution’s impact on its alumni: Their love for Santa Clara is so deep that they wanted their children to experience it for themselves. And so, on graduation day, these moms, dads, and grads celebrate the impact of Santa Clara’s legacy on their lives.
These families will have another opportunity to rejoice in October during the Grand Reunion Weekend, a celebration of the enduring bonds that exist between classmates and the university. These links were created by a common experience that is also dynamic and unique to each class, and the graduating class is the newest testament to the value and importance of a Santa Clara education. We hope to see these families back on campus in the fall, blessing us with their presence and honoring the university with their commitment to its legacy of competence, conscience, and compassion.