Santa Clara University

Office for Multicultural Learning

Black Senior Ceremony

This year's Black Senior Ceremony will be held Thursday, June 12th, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Williman Room (Benson Center). Doors open at 6:00 pm.  Black Senior Ceremony is a reception that began in order to recognize the graduating class of African descent from Santa Clara University. Accordingly, this should be a time for you to bring together your family and friends to help you celebrate this remarkable accomplishment.

In addition to entertainment, a keynote address, food, and celebration, there will be an open mic period to give you a chance to share your thoughts and reflections with your class. We would also like to extend an invitation for graduates to participate! We are looking for YOU to share your creative expressions-dance, song, poetry, monologue, video, short movie or wherever your creativity lies. This is a great way for you to show how you have developed during your time here at Santa Clara University and have your family and friends share in the fruits of your labor!

If you would like to participate, please visit the and complete the online RSVP form by May 30th, 2014. This information will be used in the program the night of the event. Graduating from college is a privilege in which you should all be very proud. We look forward to your participation in the celebration of your accomplishment!


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NAME: Sibusiso Masunda
MAJOR: Management Information Systems

REFLECTIONS: Always know who you are. Just because you are Black on campus doesn't mean that everything about your experience has to be Black/Multicultural. Put yourself out there… be challenged. Increase your world-view. SCU is like a machine… It is virtually worthless if your input is close to zero. Therefore, the more input the more output (enhanced learning experiences, friends, opportunities, support, appreciation, etc) you will get out of SCU. So challenge yourself. Get out and meet people. Get involved in some way. Never let being a minority stop you from trying something new… After all, isn't that what the college experience is all about - "New Experiences". Try not to just get good grades… Try to learn and retain concepts.

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Is this the actual graduation?

No, the Black 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 Black 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 tie, no jeans, no flip flops. You do not need to, nor should you wear your cap and gown.

How many guests can I bring?

You can bring a maximum of 4 people to this event.

Can I invite my teachers and staff members?

Yes, you may invite the faculty or staff members you want to attend.

What kind of food will be served?

Light appetizers.

How long will the event last?

Approximately 1.5 hours.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

You can contact Pauline Nguyen.


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