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June 2015

Graduation cap and diploma

Graduation cap and diploma

Capacity Crowd Cheers Santa Clara University Graduate-Degree Recipients

With jubilant friends and family filling the Leavey Center to capacity, Santa Clara University's 2015 class of advanced-degree recipients in business, counseling psychology, engineering, education, and pastoral ministry celebrated commencement Friday evening.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 12, 2015— With jubilant friends and family filling the Leavey Center to capacity, the Class of 2015 of Santa Clara University master’s degree recipients in arts, business, engineering and science, as well as two engineering Ph.D. recipients, celebrated commencement Friday evening.

At the Leavey Center for the University’s 164th graduate commencement ceremony, Santa Clara University President Michael Engh, S.J., urged the graduates to “do something great in the world.”

Citing the University’s Jesuit, Catholic values of serving and respecting those most in need, preserving the planet, and acting ethically, Fr. Engh added, “Whatever your faith tradition or spiritual path, I ask you Santa Clara graduates to take these values with you as you depart. The world needs you to live out these values.”  

During the evening, advanced degrees were conferred upon students from the Leavey School of Business (278 total); the School of Engineering (253); the School of Education and Counseling Psychology (219); and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pastoral Ministries program (9).

Among the graduating students who received awards prior to the ceremony, Madhulika Taneja, Jennifer Nicole Visscher, and Bree von Faith won the Leavey School of Business’ Dean’s Leadership Award for contributions to the program, school, community or corporate world. Ricky Huynh, James Larkby-Lahet, and Maheshwari Vibhutibhushan Nayak were winners of the School of Engineering’s Graduate Academic Excellence in Engineering Awards.

Other information about the graduating class:

Graduates represent 22 states and more than 25 countries, provinces, and territories.

Top Ethnicities: Asian (72 %); White (12 %); Other/Unknown (6%); Hispanic (6%)
Gender:   51% Male; 49% Female

Top Ethnicities: Asian (56%); White (23%); Other/Unknown (13%); Hispanic (4 %) Black (2%)
Gender:   49% Male;  51% Female

Education and Counseling Psychology
Top Ethnicities: White (43 %); Hispanic (21%); Other/Unknown (18%); Asian (12 %) Black (2%)
Gender:  80% Female;  20% Male

Arts and Sciences  -- Pastoral Ministries
Top Ethnicities: White (33%); Other/Unknown (33 %); Asian (22 %); Hispanic (11 %)
Gender:  55% Female; 45% Male

 About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering; master’s degrees in business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry, and theology; and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

Media Contact
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