University of Santa Clara class of 2021 rejoices in mixed celebration after year of uncertainty
SANTA CLARA, Calif .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The University of Santa Clara honored its undergraduate class of 2021 with an in-person celebration and a two-day virtual graduation ceremony this weekend.
The two-part celebration was very different from years past, as the diplomas were awarded at a virtual event on Saturday, following a festive and festive in-person procession through campus on Friday. About 1,228 of this year’s 1,468 undergraduates attended the event in person, walking the mile-long course wearing graduation gowns and mortar caps, as well as face coverings. In three separate timelines to allow for social distancing, the graduates each walked through an assembled stage in the mission gardens to receive their diploma covers, under the proud gaze of their guests, limited to two per student.
During Saturday’s virtual debut, chamber singers and alumni of the University Choir sang “Alma Mater”, selected students received prestigious awards and diplomas were awarded to graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences. sciences, the Leavey School of Business and the School of Engineering. .
“We are extremely proud of the class of 2021 for their incredible accomplishments,” said Acting President Lisa Kloppenberg in its virtual address. “From the moment these students joined our community, they impressed faculty and staff with their energy and passion, their willingness to find their calling, their creative endeavors and their means to make a difference. ”
University of Santa Clara Women’s Football Head Coach Jerry smith spoke to the Class of 2021 at the virtual launch, an apt choice after the team’s recent NCAA Championship win. Following a tumultuous year, their victory instilled a renewed sense of optimism and energy on campus, which Smith referred to in his speech.
“Much of our experience over the past year has parallels with the real world that you will join when you leave Santa Clara,” Smith said. “We’ve all known for the past year that the only constant in life is change. Be prepared for uncertainty. Think outside the box, be resourceful, collaborate and be part of the solution. Keep relying on your strength. character and your Jesuit education base at the University of Santa Clara. ”
This year’s graduates came from 41 states and 12 countries. Promotion major Haley howard, a double major in political science and ethnic studies from San Ramon, Calif., delivered a virtual address to her classmates in which she encouraged them to move forward with a spirit of “radical hope.”
“Radical hope is resilient, and we’re already very familiar with resilience ourselves,” Howard said. “We, students have already faced what once seemed impossible throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We have had to learn to channel our righteous anger into productive change so that we can leave this institution better than when we arrived four years ago.
This year’s in-person celebration was optional and events were broadcast live for those who could not attend.
In-person celebrations of the doctoral school
On the evening of Friday, June 11, members of the 2020 and 2021 graduates of the University’s graduate programs were invited to attend in-person social distancing events. Each graduate was entitled to two guests for the graduation ceremony. The School of Education and Counseling Psychology, the School of Engineering and the Leavey School of Business each held separate ceremonies which were also broadcast live for those who could not attend. The School of Law and the Jesuit School of Theology, two semester schools, held their opening events at the end of May.