Santa Clara University

Office for Multicultural Learning

Chicano/Latino Senior Ceremony

Chicano Latino Seniors

Message from the Chicano/Latino Senior Ceremony Committee ...

Dear Senior:

This year's annual undergraduate Chicano/Latino Senior Recognition Ceremony will be taking place on June 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the Mayer Theatre. The Recognition Ceremony celebrates the achievements of the class of 2015 and acknowledges the support of your family, friends, and mentors throughout your years at Santa Clara University.   A Spanish Mass will proceed the ceremony at 6:00 pm in the Mission Church.  You are welcome to attend one or both activities that afternoon. 

Ceremony Details:

During the ceremony, there will be speeches by students and faculty. The ceremony is also an opportunity to recognize those who have made special contributions to the Santa Clara University's Chicano/Latino community. The highlight of the Senior Recognition Ceremony is when the graduating students walk to the front of the stage where to receive a commemorative sash that signifies their accomplishment as a Santa Clara University Chicano/Latino graduate.

Tentative Schedule:
6:00-7:00 pm Misa
7:30-9:00 pm Ceremony
9:00-10:00 pm Reception

Personal Statements:

We, the Chicano/Latino Senior Recognition Ceremony committee, are inviting you to participate in this memorable event. You may write your statement in English or Spanish.  Please go here to RSVP and fill out the personal statement form. 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.

Please submit the electronic form no later than May 29th, 2015. We look forward to your participation in the celebration of your accomplishment!


Stephanie Lucretia Camoroda Castro

MAJOR/MINOR: Sociology and Ethnic Studies

PERSONAL STATEMENT: Santa Clara has been an experience of peaks and valleys, ups and downs. Stephanie 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. Stephanie loves you both with all of her heart.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is this the actual graduation?

No, the Chicano/Latino Senior Ceremony is an opportunity for the community to celebrate your accomplishments and an occasion for you to show appreciation for those who have been instrumental in those accomplishments. The official University-wide Commencement will be held the Saturday after the Chicano/Latino 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.

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?

The committee is sending out invitations to many but not all the faculty and staff so we suggest that you personally contact the faculty or staff members you want to attend.  they will also need to RSVP by the specified deadline.

Will dinner be served?

Light appetizers will be served.

How long will the event last?

Tentative Schedule:

6:00-7:00 Misa

7:30-9:00 Ceremony

9:00-10:00 Reception

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?

You can contact


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