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 Ceremony will be taking place on June 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the Mayer Theatre. The Recognition Ceremony celebrates the achievements of the class of 2014 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 Ceremony is the presentation of the graduating students with their family or mentor. Together, they will walk to the front of the stage where each student will 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 Ceremony committee, are inviting you to participate in this memorable event. You may write your statement in English or Spanish.  Please go here: to register and to 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. Please note, to enable all the statements to be read in a timely manner, your personal statement can be no more than 5 to 6 sentences.  

Please submit the electronic form no later than May 30th, 2014. 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. I am 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 my mama and grammy, for always believing in me and the tremendous sacrifices they have made for me. I love you both with all of my 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 Mayer Theatre holds a capacity of 500 people, you are encouraged to limit the number of guests to 4 people.  Feel free to create your own invitation to your family and friends to attend this special event.

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

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

You can contact Pauline Nguyen.



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