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Commencement weekend June 10-11 at Santa Clara University

Monday, Jun. 5, 2000

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 05, 2000 - More than 15,000 family and friends of Santa Clara University graduates are expected to fill Buck Shaw Stadium over two days this weekend to see degrees awarded in separate undergraduate and graduate ceremonies.

Undergraduate ceremonies are set for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 10. The speaker is entertainer Bob Newhart, whose daughter, Courtney, will receive a bachelor's degree.

Graduate school ceremonies are set for 9:45 a.m. Sunday, June 11. The speaker is Silicon Valley philanthropist Ann Bowers, a member of the SCU Board of Trustees.

Presiding at his last commencement ceremonies will be SCU Provost Stephen Privett, S.J., who is leaving to be the new president of the University of San Francisco.

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 1,065 bachelor's degrees on Saturday; and on Sunday, 410 master of business administration degrees, 9 master of arts degrees, 130 master of arts degrees in counseling psychology and education, 225 masters of science degrees in engineering, one graduate engineer degree, and five doctorate degrees in engineering. On May 13, the law school awarded 302 degrees.

The 2000 SCU valedictorian is Hilary Gail Armstrong, who was selected for "outstanding academic achievement and University service," and who will speak Saturday. She also is to be recognized along with 500 classmates at the annual awards and honors convocation at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Mission Santa Clara de Asis. The honorees include 33 members of Phi Beta Kappa, and the following University Awards to three graduating seniors: Brian Murphy (Student Life Award and the Nobili Medal), Javier Benavidez (Presidential Leadership Award), and Angela Wilhelms (The Saint Clare Medal).

The following honorary degrees will be awarded at Saturday's undergraduate commencement at Santa Clara University:
Doctor of Fine Arts, Bob Newhart; Doctor of Education, Sister M. Claude Power, PBVM, school administrator for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, then the first superintendent of schools for the Diocese of San Jose; Doctor of Education, Rev. Edwin J. McDermott, S.J., a professor at the University of San Francisco and former teacher at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose; Doctor of Pastoral Ministry, Sister Patricia Marie Mulpeters, PBVM, the first vicar for women in the church in the Diocese of San Jose, where she served as chancellor and as vicar for pastoral ministry.

The following honorary degree will be awarded at Saturday's graduate commencement:
Doctor of Public Service, Ann S. Bowers, whose career as the first director of personnel for Intel, then first human resources vice president for Apple Computer led to philanthropy, with the Silicon Valley Joint Venture Education Initiative and as a senior trustee for the Noyce Foundation.

The following faculty awards will be presented at the undergraduate commencement:
President's Special Recognition Awards to Reynaud Serrette, civil engineering; Dennis Moberg, management; Phyllis Brown, English; Louis and Dorina Brutocao Awards, for teaching excellence, Mario Belotti, economics; for curriculum innovation, Paul Soukup, S.J., communication; University Awards, for sustained excellence in scholarship, Alexander Field, economics; for recent achievement in scholarship, John Hawley, S.J., English.

Santa Clara University is a private Jesuit university with approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 3,200 graduate students.


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 2000, 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

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