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Celebrating the Class of 2020

Saturday, June 13, 2020


We look forward to celebrating Santa Clara’s Undergraduate Class of 2020 in-person, but we couldn’t let the day pass by without recognizing our graduates. President O’Brien and Provost Kloppenberg conferred degrees and recognized the accomplishments of this outstanding class of Broncos. 


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The Class of 2020 celebrated together to share their experience and toast with "socially distanced" classmates and well-wishers.

Featured Seniors

Seniors share their favorite involvement and post-graduation plans.

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Abby Aguirre

Electrical Engineering

I loved being a part of IEEE at Santa Clara. It was a great way to learn about electrical engineering and get to know the other electrical engineers.

What’s next:

“Intel Design Component Engineer and getting a Master's in electrical engineering at SCU.”

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Alonzo Billips

Mechanical Engineering

“My favorite involvement at SCU was being on the Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council, as we fought for and collaborated with administration to make tangible change to ensure Santa Clara becomes more welcoming and inclusive for all students.”

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Kirsten Dodroe

Public Health Science and Biology

“I loved leading trips with our campus outdoors group, Into the Wild. As a leadership team, we strive to serve the SCU community by fostering a safe, accepting and fun-loving environment as we lead students on adventures in nature.”

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Nick Fazio

Environmental Studies
French and Francophone Studies

“The SCU community is one that makes me smile, feel loved, supported, and think critically. I am especially grateful for the many role models from the years above me.

What’s next:

“Interning at Turner Construction.”

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Shane Hughes

Political Science and Entrepreneurship

“Being a member of the SCU Water Polo team was the best experience I have ever had...The team has brought me the best friends, fondest memories, and the greatest college experience I could have ever asked for.”

What's next:

“Rotational program at Visa Inc.”

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Nicole Jacobus

Music and Communication
WGST (Minor)

“The favorite activity I participated in was definitely SCLOrk (Laptop Orchestra). I met some of my best friends and had an absolute blast performing with them throughout the Bay Area.”

What's next:

“Working for a nonprofit theatre company in San Jose and applying to graduate schools.”

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Jim O’Brien


Army ROTC. Being President of Sigma Pi at SCU is the most challenging yet rewarding thing I have done in my life.”

What's next:

"Moving to Fort Benning, Georgia to begin my career as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army."



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Laura Pearl

Economics and Finance
Women’s & Gender Studies (Minor)

“Chair of Own It, SCU’s women’s summit. Own It allowed me to put my passion into practice & work with an astoundingly talented team to...provide a space in which women could share their stories.”

What’s next:

“Mercer Consulting & Masters in Nonprofit Leadership.”

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Sara Snowden

Public Health Science and Biology

“Being a part of SCCAP for 4 years has taught me how to be a better activist and member of a community committed to justice for all regardless of identity, ability, race, education or background and has given me lifelong friends who share a commitment to social justice.”

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Patrick Wade


Residence Life is where I found many of my closest friends and it let me give back directly to the SCU community.”

What's next:

“Strategy and Risk Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.”

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Kate Wyant

Environmental Studies

“The Forge Garden has changed the way I live, work and eat. I’ve learned that for me, food is the best way to connect with others while also developing a unique relationship with the earth.”

What's next:

“Working at a winery and recording music.

Once a Bronco, Always a Bronco

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The best part of being a Bronco is the people. Stay connected with the friends you’ve made at Santa Clara as you take the next step in your journey. Create a page in the Class of 2020 Digital Class Book - an easy and fun way to share your favorite memories at SCU, photos, plans for the future, and ways to stay in contact with classmates.