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 Distinguished Commencement Speakers

Santa Clara University announced the speakers for the 2013 graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies, June 14 and 15.


Undergraduate Commencement


Leon Panetta, the former U.S. Secretary of Defense and a 1960 magna cum laude political science major and 1963 graduate of Santa Clara University’s School of Law, will address the University’s graduating seniors and their family and friends, June 15 at 8:30 a.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium. His wife Sylvia Panetta, co-director of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy in Monterey, Calif., will receive an honorary degree as well.


“Sylvia and I are honored to be recognized by Santa Clara University. Santa Clara has a special place in our hearts. It’s where we first met; it is where I learned many of the core values that have guided me from the earliest days of my career,” said Panetta. Read more here.


Graduate Commencement


An award-winning engineering educator and the first woman president of the University of the Pacific will address Santa Clara University’s graduate students at their 2013 commencement ceremony on Friday, June 14.


The commencement will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Leavey Events Center.


Pamela A. Eibeck has been president of University of the Pacific for four years, overseeing its expansion beyond its Stockton, Calif. campus to campuses in Sacramento and San Francisco.


In attendance at the commencement will be about 600 students receiving advanced degrees 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. Read more here.


Honorary Degrees


At the undergraduate ceremony, honorary degrees will be awarded to Leon and Sylvia Panetta; Robert Mathewson, S.J.; James Houghton '81; and Steven '60 and Patricia Schott. At the graduate ceremony, Pamela A. Eibeck will receive an honorary degree.

 

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