Hundreds of graduate students earn their degrees and a reminder of what’s important
Before a packed audience of thousands of family and friends, the nearly 700 graduate-degree recipients of Santa Clara University marked their evening commencement with cheers, balloons, and photos -- but also with advice to truly “see” the needy around them.
Frederick J. Ferrer, CEO of the Health Trust and a nationally recognized expert in child development and nonprofit leadership strategies, received an honorary doctor of public service degree during the event.
He also gave a few remarks, telling the graduates It is easy not to see children who go to school with tooth decay, or the workers who show up to clean when everyone else has moved on. Santa Clara University, from which Ferrer graduated in 1980, challenges its graduates “to see the invisible, to see what makes us uncomfortable,” he said.
SCU’s 163rd graduate commencement took place Friday evening at the University’s Leavey Center. Nearly 700 students received advanced degrees this year from the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pastoral Ministries program; the School of Engineering; the Leavey School of Business; and the School of Education and Counseling Psychology.
University President Michael Engh, S.J. urged the graduates to put their gifts to work in service to the world with compassion, and “never forget the poor, the hungry, the alienated, and marginalized.”
Other information about the graduating class:
Graduates represent 18 states and more than 17 countries, provinces, and territories.
Top Ethnicities: Asian (64%); White (17%); Other/Unknown (12%); Hispanic (5%)
Gender: 65% Male; 35% Female
Top Ethnicities: Asian (46%); White (30%); Other/Unknown (16%); Hispanic (8%)
Gender: 56% Male; 44% Female
Education and Counseling Psychology
Top Ethnicities: White (48%); Other/Unknown (17%); Asian (16%); Hispanic (16%)
Gender: 86% Female; 14% Male
Arts and Sciences (specifically Pastoral Ministries)
Top Ethnicities: White (36%); Other/Unknown (27%); Asian (18%); Black/African-American (9%); Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (9%)
Gender: 64% Female; 36% Male