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 Congratulations to the Class of 2010

 Watch a video from Saturday's commencement ceremony.

Watch a slideshow from Friday’s and Saturday’s commencement ceremonies.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Santa Clara University’s undergraduate class of 2010 received their degrees on Saturday after Ken Hackett delivered his commencement address and encouraged the 1,392 students to feel solidarity with the poor – not just in their city, but in their own world as they take up their next adventure in business or in education.

Hackett is the president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which was one of the first responders to the devastating earthquake in Haiti. CRS provides humanitarian relief and development assistance to the poor and marginalized in more than 100 countries. It has responded to other humanitarian crises and disasters such this month’s flooding from Tropical Storm Agatha, human trafficking in India, and the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia.

Thousands of family members, faculty, and staff listened intently as Hackett reminded the students of why they first chose to attend Santa Clara University.

“Whether you are Catholic or not, you came to a Catholic institution because it was here that the important ethical questions are debated, asked, answered, and discussed, putting your intellectual pursuits in their proper framework,” Hackett said. Read more.

Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Take time out of the success that awaits you and “reach out for others,” a pioneering educator of Afghan women urged the graduates of Santa Clara University’s three advanced-degree programs.

The University's 159th graduation for about 800 students from the School of Engineering, the Leavey School of Business and Administration, and the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries took place Friday evening at the University’s Leavey Center.

Speaking to a jubilant, multi-ethnic crowd of more than 4,000 family and friends of the graduates, speaker Sakena Yacoobi challenged the graduating students to reach out for others, to “give a gift to yourself” in the process. Read more.

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