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Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

Celebrate our graduating class with us as we highlight this year's award winners, some of the great things our seniors have done while at SCU, as well as some of their post-graduation plans.

University Awards

 

Valedictorian

Conferred annually on a graduating senior selected for outstanding academic achievement and University service.

Valedictorian Simon Lanzoni and SCU President Julie Sullivan

Simon Lanzoni

Music, Italian Studies majors


Nobili Medal

Presented to the male graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University.

Allen Dao and SCU President Julie Sullivan

Allen Dao

Biology major


St. Clare Medal

Presented to the female graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University.

Francesca D'Urzo and SCU President Julie Sullivan

Francesca D'Urzo

English major // Journalism, Italian Studies minors


Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. Award

Given to a graduating senior who exemplifies the ideals of Jesuit education, especially being a "whole person of solidarity in the real world" and having the courage and faith to build a more just and humane world.

Jules Holland and SCU President Julie Sullivan

Jules Holland

Environmental Studies, Political Science majors


Richard J. Riordan Award

In recognition of their outstanding contributions in the area of community service.

SCU President Julie Sullivan, Grace Yonkers-Talz, Kimberly Wood, Ria Panda, Laura Clark
SCU President Julie Sullivan, Grace Yonkers-Talz, Kimber Wood, Ria Panda (Leavey School of Business), Laura Clark

Grace Yonkers-Talz

Child Studies, Women's and Gender Studies majors

Kimber Wood

Political Science, Theatre Arts majors

Laura Clark

Philosophy, Religious Studies majors


Student Life Award

To recognize their contributions to the overall quality of life in the University community.

SCU President Julie Sullivan, Daniel Martinez, Katie Duffy and Iris Do
SCU President Julie Sullivan, Daniel Martinez, Katie Duffy and Iris Do (Leavey School of Business)

Daniel Martinez

Religious Studies, Women's and Gender Studies majors

Katie Duffy

Political Science major // Public Health, Sustainable Food Systems minors


The Gracelyn Rillorta Bateman Award for Inclusive Excellence

Awarded to a student(s) or student organization that has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing an inclusive environment at SCU.

Neider Award
SCU President Julie Sullivan, Tanvi Syed, Isabella Reyes

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca Estrada

Ethnic Studies, Sociology majors

Isabella Reyes

Neuroscience major // Biology minor

Tanvi Syed

Psychology major // Retail Studies minor

Naomi Yang

Sociology major // Political Science minor


Neider Family Alumni Service Award

Provides financial support to seniors who are leaving SCU and going directly into a service program or project.

Ellen Duncan and SCU President Julie Sullivan

Ellen Duncan

Communication major // Philosophy minor

Isabella Reyes and SCU President Julie Sullivan

Isabella Reyes

Neuroscience major // Biology minor

College of Arts and Sciences Awards


Hoefer Prize

The Hoefer Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing recognizes outstanding undergraduate writing achievement in three categories that alternate yearly: Student Research Paper, Student-Faculty Member Co-Authored Paper or Research Project, and Student Essay.

Nadine Koochou - winner of the Hoefer Prize - Student Research Essay

Student Research Essay

Nadine Koochou

English major // Creative Writing, Women's and Gender Studies minors

Caroline Wing - winner of the Hoefer Prize - Student-Faculty Jointly-authored Essay

Student-Faculty Jointly-authored Essay

Caroline Wing

Communication, Art History majors

Orella Prize

Established in 1915 by Dr. and Mrs. Fermín R. Orella B.S. 1889, this prize is awarded to the senior science student who attains the highest average in scientific subjects during the junior and senior years.

Christopher Phan

Christopher Phan

Mathematics and Computer Science double major

Gerald and Sally DeNardo Senior Prize

Established in 2007 to complement the Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship, this prize is given by the Dean to recognize outstanding science research accomplishment by a graduating senior(s) who reflects the distinctive characteristics of a Jesuit education and is pursuing a career in the health sciences.

Emily Arias headshot

Emily Arias

Biology major

Mentored by Janice Edgerly-Rooks, Biology

College of Arts and Sciences Department Awards

Senior Spotlights

JonJon Berring

Psychology

How a psychology degree helped JonJon Berring ’24 change his story in baseball.

JonJon Berring

Psychology

Oliver Branham-Upton

Environmental Science

Oliver Branham-Upton ‘24 is taking what he’s learned as an Environmental Science major and using it to make a difference in the world.

Oliver Branham-Upton

Environmental Science

Natalia Cantu

English

During her time on campus, Natalia Cantu ’24 explored the different worlds of English and Biology.

Natalia Cantu

English

Ariana Chavez-Magana

Psychology, Child Studies, Theatre Arts

I'm taking a gap year off to work at an elementary school in Hayward, CA, but I will be applying to PhD programs in Performance Studies, Social Psychology, and Education during that gap year.

Ariana Chavez-Magana

Psychology, Child Studies, Theatre Arts

Jodi Chui

Computer Science

Upon graduating, I will be embarking on an exciting new chapter as I join Workday as a full-time Software Development Engineer at their headquarters in Pleasanton, California.

Jodi Chui

Computer Science

Laura Clark

Philosophy, Religious Studies

Laura Clark ’24 aspires to help the immigrant community by combining her studies of philosophy and religion.

Laura Clark

Philosophy, Religious Studies

Charlie DiNapoli

Studio Art

Charlie DiNapoli offers his #1 recommendation for prospective SCU students: take art classes!

Charlie DiNapoli

Studio Art

Shobha Joneja

Anthropology, Sociology

Shobha Joneja advocates for representation of Indigenous people in Santa Clara.

Shobha Joneja

Anthropology, Sociology

Abby Grimm

Environmental Studies

Abby Grimm ’24 digs into food sustainability through an internship at Chez Panisse.

Abby Grimm

Environmental Studies

Maddie Hall

Women's and Gender Studies, Psychology

Maddie Hall hopes to advocate for the healthcare needs of the transgender community.

Maddie Hall

Women's and Gender Studies, Psychology

Audrey Joy

Environmental Studies

Starting in August I will be working at an elementary school on the Crow Reservation in southeast Montana working as academic support in STEM programs for Indigenous youth.

Audrey Joy

Environmental Studies

Mia Kanter

Theatre Arts, French & Francophone Studies

SCU senior Mia Kanter explores the topic of burnout through dance.

Mia Kanter

Theatre Arts, French & Francophone Studies

Natalia Ochoa-Zavala

Neuroscience

I intend to take a gap year before matriculating into medical school. During the gap year, I will be working as a scribe in an emergency department, serving on a youth advisory council for a nonprofit in addiction medicine, and a producer for a continuing medical education for physicians in addiction medicine - all in Monterey, CA. Also, I got offered an interview as a Research Assistant at Stanford!

Natalia Ochoa-Zavala

Neuroscience

Nikhita Panjnani

English

I will be dedicating time to my songwriting following graduation! It has always been my dream to pursue this form of creative writing and performance, and I am very excited to make time for it in the near future.

Nikhita Panjnani

English

Isabella Reyes

Neuroscience

Pre-med student Isabella Reyes ’24 charted her course from aviation to disability advocacy.

Isabella Reyes

Neuroscience

Rachel Stattion

Political Science, Women's and Gender Studies

I will be attending a Master's program in East Asian Studies at UCLA!

Rachel Stattion

Political Science, Women's and Gender Studies

Paulina Ursua Garcia

Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies

Senior Paulina Ursua Garcia reflects on her time at SCU and shares her plans for the future.

Paulina Ursua Garcia

Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies

Ash Uyematsu

Biology

As Ash Uyematsu ’24 explores microscopic parasites at SCU, they hope to also magnify LGBTQ+ representation in STEM.

Ash Uyematsu

Biology

Artistic Accomplishments

Dowd Gallery with Senior art work.
Navigate here to Studio Art Senior Show

Explore senior art work displayed in the Dowd Gallery through June 14.

animated music treble staff
Navigate here to Senior Music Recital

Simon Lanzoni (Music, Italian Studies) performed his senior recital on May 18. Music minor Gordon Chan performed his senior recital on May 19. And Adam Li (Music), performed his recital, "The Beginning," on June 1.

Mia Kanter dancing
Navigate here to Senior Dance Recital

See photos from the Spring Dance Festival featuring the work of seniors Mia Kanter (Theatre Arts, French and Francophone Studies), Kimber Wood (Political Science, Theatre Arts), and Alex Zhu (Management Information Systems, Theatre Arts).

Class Stories

Congratulations and best wishes to Isabelle Solórzano ’24 (Environmental Science major, Biology minor), who will begin their NASA DEVELOP Internship.

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca Named Knight-Hennessy Scholar

An ethnic studies and sociology double major, Espinoza Salamanca is one of 90 new scholars representing 30 countries and 45 graduate degree programs in Stanford’s seventh cohort.

Avery Munn headshot

Through the REAL Program, Public Health and Psychology double major Avery Munn ’24 got experience promoting and advocating for mental health services while interning at the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Jack Petersen in lab

For Jack Petersen ’24, his research on gold nanoparticles in Amelia Fuller’s lab has a personal connection.

Nicholas Truong and friend preparing food in the kitchen.

Last year, Nicholas Truong ’24 and student organization Recipes for Relief prepared more than 40 home-cooked meals at the JW House near Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara.

Melanie Eng

Immersed in another culture and away from the comforts of home, Melanie Eng ’24 completed an internship in Barcelona, Spain where she gained insight into her future career goals and adopted a more global worldview.

Francesca D'Urzo

Francesca D'Urzo ’24 completed an internship with the REAL program where she worked alongside K-12 educators, learning technical skills, building connections, and solidifying her post-grad plans.