Friday, May 18, 2018: Commencement Liturgy, Mission Church. Mass starts at 4:00 pm with the Faculty reception to immediately follow at the Adobe Lodge.

Saturday, May 19, 2018: Commencement Ceremony and Reception, Mission Gardens. Ceremony starts at  9:30 am with the reception to immediately follow.

Academic Attire

Attire rentals will begin on Monday, May 7. The attire rentals will be downstairs in the Text department at the online order/buy-back counter located near the Law Section of the bookstore. 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 21 and 22 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 2018 by clicking here. Please don’t wait until the last minute to complete this form!  All forms must be completed by no later than Wednesday, May 9. 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.

Howard CharneyCommencement Speaker – Howard Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77

Howard Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77, is a Santa Clara University trustee. Recently retired from his post as senior vice president at Cisco, Charney has been a longtime adviser to the University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society, funding a professorship there, serving on the advisory board, and the executive committee.

A licensed patent attorney, Charney has served as a board member for several technology companies. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Master’s of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from Santa Clara University. Charney’s son, Tristan, is a 2006 MBA alumnus from Santa Clara.

Charney co-founded the $3 billion company 3Com as well as Grand Junction Networks, which was acquired by Cisco in 1995. Until his recent retirement, he served as senior vice president in the Office of the President and CEO at Cisco, contributing to Cisco’s strategy and direction and also advising businesses, governments, and educators around the world in implementing critical Internet technologies to improve organizational effectiveness.

Over his career, Charney has overseen the development and expansion of key technologies that have helped build the global Internet as it exists today. He helped grow Cisco’s two-tier distribution business to more than $2.4 billion and helped turn fast ethernet and low-cost switching into fundamental, global Internet technologies. At 3Com, he helped create products that would later become ethernet and local area networking, enabling Internet access to the desktop.

In 2014, Charney and his wife, Alida Schoolmaster Charney, made a $10 million gift to help build the new home for Santa Clara University School of Law, Charney Hall, which opened this March.

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 (Charney Hall 311) at or (408) 554-4362.