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Graduate Students

Commencement is truly a cherished and celebratory time to cap off your academic career. In the midst of this challenging pandemic, are now able offer an in-person component to celebrate your accomplishments and commemorate your special achievement on campus.

Updated May 3, 2021

Graduate In-Person Celebration

All members of the graduate schools’ Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 are invited to join in an in-person celebratory event on Santa Clara University’s campus June 11, at which graduates are invited to be robed in academic attire for a socially distanced procession across campus; have their names read as they cross a stage; receive their diploma covers; and have their photos taken by a professional photographer.

We are also pleased to share that each member of SCU’s graduate schools’ Class of 2020 or Class of 2021 will have the opportunity to have two guests at the Friday, June 11 in-person celebration. Class of 2020 and 2021 graduates will be joined by their guests for the procession during their respective time slot by school as follows:

  • Education & Counseling Psychology at 4:30 p.m.
  • Graduate Engineering at 6 p.m.
  • Graduate Business at 7:30 p.m.

All graduate students in the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, School of Engineering and Leavey School of Business who meet Class of 2020 or Class of 2021 graduation requirements should have received an email from eventplanningoffice@scu.edu with log-in instructions for MarchingOrder where graduates can complete the following action items required for participation in the In-Person Celebration.

  • RSVP via MarchingOrder
  • Order Academic Attire (DEADLINE 5/14)
  • Review your name to be read aloud as you cross the 'stage' (DEADLINE 5/19)
  • Pre-register up to 2 guests (DEADLINE 5/25)
  • Print/Screenshot your GradPass
  • Print/Email your guests their Guest Tickets

Each of these celebrations will livestreamed for all to view.

For additional informaiton, please visit our Commencement FAQs page.

Plans for any additional virtual activities will be announced in the coming weeks by the individual schools and programs. Detailed schedules of events will be posted here as they become available.

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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.


Once a Bronco, Always a Bronco

Congratulations! You now belong to a family that is more than 100,000 strong. No matter where you are across the world, you’re likely to find a Bronco eager to connect with you. It's time to enjoy all the benefits of being an SCU alum! Get involved, and enjoy the advantages of being part of the Santa Clara Alumni Family. Go Broncos!  

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