commencement 2012

Friday, May 19, 2017: Commencement Liturgy, Mission Church. Mass starts at 4:00 with the Faculty reception to immediately follow at the Adobe Lodge.

Saturday, May 20, 2017: Commencement Ceremony and Reception, Mission Gardens. Ceremony starts at  9:30 am with the reception to immediately follow on the Ignatian Lawn.


Academic Attire

Attire rentals will begin on Monday, May 8th. The attire rentals will be downstairs in the Text department at the online order/buy-back counter located near the Law Section of the store. Come in through the main entrance and go down to the Text Department. You do not need to pre-order a gown. The Bookstore purchases the gowns in bulk according to height. You will need to go in and give your name and height. You will receive your attire (a cap, gown and hood) and a name card. This is the name card you will give to the Professor announcing names during the ceremony. The name card also has your seat number on it. Make sure to bring this card with you to the graduation ceremony!


Order graduation announcements from Balfour/CB Graduation Announcements via the web at or by calling 1 (800) 433-0296. Your degree is “Juris Doctor”, or if you are in the LL.M. program “Legum Magister”. Balfour will also be on campus February 22 and 23 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Bannan Student Lounge for orders.

Reserved Seating and Reserved Parking

Reserved seating and parking will be available for individuals with a medical or physical disability.  Please complete the Reserved Seating-Parking for 2017 by clicking here. Please don’t wait until the last minute to complete this form!  All forms must be completed no later than Friday, May 12th. All seats will be released 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. All other seating and parking is on a first-come first-serve basis. If you’d like to drop off relatives, family or friends please do so in the parking lot behind Adobe Lodge, off Lafayette Street. This is the closest area to the ceremony – but you may not park here!

There will be a handicapped shuttle available at the North Campus Garage on Franklin Street to assist those with mobility issues closer to the ceremony – specifically in front of the Mission Church.

Please contact Lisa McMahon at or (408) 554-4362 if you have any questions.

Commencement Speaker – Leon Panetta BA ’60, JD ’63

Leon PanettaLeon Edward Panetta began his long and distinguished public service career in 1964 as a U.S. Army intelligence officer, receiving the Army Commendation Medal. Upon his discharge, he served in Washington as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senate minority whip Tom Kuchel of California. In 1969, Panetta was appointed director of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, and later he served as executive assistant to the mayor of New York City. He returned to Monterey, where he practiced law until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 and represented his district for 16 years. Under President Clinton, Panetta served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1993-4) and White House Chief of Staff (1994-7). He returned to California in 1997 and, with his wife, Sylvia, established The Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University, Monterey Bay. He served in the Obama Administration as U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2011-13, and as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009-11. The recipient of hundreds of awards and honors, he has been a member of numerous boards and commissions during his career, including his current service on the boards of directors for Oracle and Blue Shield of California. He previously served as Distinguished Scholar to Chancellor Charles B. Reed of the California State University System and professor of public policy at Santa Clara University, and he served on SCU’s Board of Trustees from 1988 to 2009. He is the author of Worthy Fights (Penguin, 2014), a memoir about his life in public service. Panetta earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Juris Doctor degree, both from Santa Clara University. Leon and Sylvia Panetta have three sons, Christopher, Carmelo and James J.D. ’96 (who was sworn in as a Congressman representing Monterey County in January), and six grandchildren.


Hotel Recommendations

Candlewood Suites
481 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
(408) 241-9305
(across the street from the University)

The Mission Inn Santa Clara
859 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95053
(408) 244-2840
(0.6 mile to the University)

Best Western University Santa Clara
1655 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 244-8313
(1.1 mile to the University)

DeAnza Hotel
233 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95128
Reservations: (800) 843-3700/ Hotel Direct: (408) 286-1000
(3 miles to the University)

The Fairmont Hotel San Jose
170 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 998-1900
(4 miles to the University)

Marriott Hotel San Jose
301 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 280-1300
(4 miles to the University)

Hilton Hotel San Jose
300 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 287-2100
(6.4 miles to the University)

Other Downtown San Jose hotels


For any additional questions please contact the Dean’s Office (Heafey Room 224) at or (408) 554-4362.