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June 2016

Graduate Commencement 2016

Graduate Commencement 2016

Advanced Degrees Awarded to Joyous Students at Santa Clara University Ceremony

More than 800 recipients of advanced degrees celebrated their commencement Friday evening.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 11, 2016— As family and friends cheered from Santa Clara University’s Buck Shaw Field at Stevens Stadium on Friday evening, more than 800 students of business, counseling psychology, education, engineering, and pastoral ministry were awarded their master’s diplomas and -- in one case -- a Ph.D.

Santa Clara University’s 165th graduate-level commencement ceremony took place at 7:30 p.m. June 10.

During the event, Santa Clara University President Michael Engh, S.J., called on the graduates to carry on the values espoused by the Jesuit, Catholic university, saying “you are the voices of justice in an increasingly complex and inequitable world.”

“You are the hands that will refashion society so that all are treated with dignity,” he added. “You are the minds that will shape this nation’s policies to care for the weak and the needy. And you are the hearts that will serve with compassion.”

During the evening, advanced degrees were conferred upon students from the Leavey School of Business (255 total); the School of Engineering (366); the School of Education and Counseling Psychology (210); and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pastoral Ministries program (3).

Prior to the ceremony, students Yuanying Deng, Nagasushma Devarapalli, Aditee Nagle, Layne David Orr, Zhe Xu, and Qianqian Zhong were awarded the School of Engineering’s Graduate Academic Excellence in Engineering Awards.

The graduates hail from 19 states and 22 countries, provinces, and territories.

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

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