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150th Commencement June 16-17 at Santa Clara University

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 8, 2001 - More than 15,000 family and friends of Santa Clara University graduates are expected to fill Buck Shaw Stadium over two days next weekend to see degrees awarded in separate, historic undergraduate and graduate ceremonies.

The June 16-17 commencements are the 150th for SCU, the oldest institution of higher education in California. Undergraduate ceremonies are set for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16. Former SCU president William J. Rewak. S.J., (1977-88) is the principal speaker. Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, also will speak.

Rewak, who is director of the Jesuit Retreat House in Los Altos, was an active SCU president, serving on local and national boards. He later was president of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. During his tenure at SCU, he presided over the re-routing of The Alameda around campus, the creation of the Eastside Project, now the Pedro Arrupe Center for Community-based Learning, and the renaming of the university as Santa Clara University.

Moore retired as chairman of Intel last month. He is creator of the famed "Moore's Law," that for more than 35 years has forecast accurately the doubling of memory capacity in computer chips every 18 months.

Moore and Rewak will receive honorary degrees.

In addition, honorary degrees will be presented to Bellarmine College Prep, accepted by president William Muller, S.J., and to the SCU Alumni Association, accepted by national alumni president Charmaine Williams.

Graduate school ceremonies are set for 9:30 a.m.Sunday, June 17. The speaker is the Most Rev. Patrick J. McGrath, Bishop of San Jose. He will receive an honorary degree, as will Silicon Valley icon Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the computer "mouse."

On June 17, graduate degrees will be awarded in ceremonies for the following graduate schools: College of Arts and Sciences Division of Counseling Psychology and Education, Leavey School of Business, Pastoral Studies, and the School of Engineering.

Santa Clara University's first commencement occurred in 1851, the same year it was founded as California's first institution of higher education. This year, the University expects to confer 1,050 bachelor's degrees on Saturday; and on Sunday, 300 master of business administration degrees, 100 master of arts degrees in counseling psychology and education, 175 graduate degrees degrees in engineering. On May 12, the SCU School of Law awarded 274 degrees.

The 2001 SCU valedictorian is Dana Wolfe, an English major selected for "outstanding academic achievement and University service," and who also will speak Saturday.

Santa Clara University is a Jesuit university with 4,300 undergraduate and 3,050 graduate students. The university offers a rigorous undergraduate curriculum and nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. In 2001, the American Association of Colleges and Universities awarded SCU a commendation for Distinguished Achievement in Undergraduate Education.


For more information about commencement exercises, and about media access, call Barry Holtzclaw, 408-554-5126, or email For more information about the Class of 2001, commencement speakers, honorary degree recipients, and student and faculty award winners, call Barry Holtzclaw, 408-554-5126, or email For information Santa Clara University, see

<p>Former SCU president William J. Rewak will receive an honorary degree at the 150th commencement.</p>

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