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SCU Graduate Commencements

June 16 & 17, 2023

Stevens Stadium, Santa Clara University Campus


Santa Clara University will host three traditional Commencement ceremonies for our graduate students in Stevens Stadium. These ceremonies will feature student speakers along with the calling of each graduate’s name. Each graduate will receive eight (8) guest tickets for this event. 

Below is the Graduate Commencement schedule for the weekend:

Friday, June 16, 2023:

• 7:30 pm: Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries and the School of Education and Counseling Psychology 

Saturday, June 17, 2023:

• 4:30 pm: School of Engineering 

• 7:00 pm: Leavey School of Business 

Other celebratory events associated with SCU’s Graduate Commencement can be found below:

  • Multicultural Recognition Ceremonies: The Office for Multicultural Learning will host a set of festive receptions the week of June 11 to recognize students of color and LGBTQIA+ students in the graduating class.  
  • Campus Liturgy: Graduates and their families are invited to participate in a student-planned Liturgy in the early evening of Friday, June 16.
  • Graduate School Receptions: Each School will host graduate receptions on Commencement Weekend to honor the Class of 2023.  More information will be forthcoming from your respective College or School. 


All graduates who meet graduation requirements will be contacted by the Commencement Office in early April with registration information. 

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Participating in Commencement

Knowing the difference between graduation versus commencement helps students navigate the end of their academic career at Santa Clara. Graduation is the successful completion of all course and unit requirements. Doctoral and master's candidates must petition to graduate directly through their respective program:

Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries

School of Education & Counseling Psychology

School of Engineering

School of Law

Jesuit School of Theology

Leavey School of Business

Commencement is the end-of-spring ceremony celebrating the students who have or will graduate. The Commencement Office coordinates the in-person ceremony. An online request form to participate in Commencement will be made available for eligible students in Spring Quarter. Students in the School of Law or Jesuit School of Theology attend separate Commencement ceremonies, and will receive information directly from their respective school.