View pictures from the 2019 Commencement Ceremony.

Learn more about our Commencement Speaker, Dorian Daley JD ’86.


Friday, May 17, 2019: Commencement Liturgy, Mission Church. Mass starts at 4:00 pm with the Graduate Reception to immediately follow at the Adobe Lodge and Mission Gardens.

Saturday, May 18, 2019: Commencement Ceremony, Mission Gardens. Ceremony starts at 9:30 am with the reception to immediately follow at Charney Hall.

NEW RULES Regarding Materials Allowed and Prohibited in the Mission Gardens

All guests will be required to go through a security checkpoint prior to entering the gardens. Please click here for map with designated checkpoints. There will be 5 checkpoints, indicated by the blue arrows on the map. Campus Safety officers will be checking for any prohibited items. Please click here for a list of allowed and prohibited items. It is suggested that your guests arrive a little early to allow about 15 minutes to get through the checkpoint. Law enforcement guests are encouraged to check in with security on the day of the event. Questions should be directed to Tracy Cox at

Academic Attire

Academic attire rentals will begin on Monday, May 6. The attire will be rented downstairs in the Text Department at the online order/buy-back counter located near the Law Section of the Bookstore. The cost for the cap, hood and gown rental is $125.00. Students keep the cap/tassel and hood and return the gown after the ceremony. You do not need to pre-order a gown. The Bookstore purchases the gowns in bulk according to height. You will need to provide your name and height and will receive your attire (cap, hood and gown) 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!


Graduation announcements can be ordered from CB Graduation Announcements/Balfour 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”. CB Graduation Announcements/Balfour will be available on Thursday, February 28, and Friday, March 1, from 10 am – 2 pm for on-campus sales. They will be tabling outside of Charney Hall, Room 205.


Free, general parking will be available at both campus Parking Structures on campus for the Law Commencement. Please plan to use either facility as there is limited street parking available on the north side of the campus. Although both facilities are within easy walking distance of the Commencement Ceremony in the Mission Gardens, it is recommend that all attendees arrive early to park and make their way to the event area, and to process through the security checkpoints.

The North “1063” Garage at Benton and Alviso Streets is slightly closer to the Mission Gardens, and may be fully occupied by the start of the event.

The Main “Central” Parking Structure is slightly closer to Charney Hall, the site of the reception following the Commencement Ceremony. The Structure has been able to accommodate overflow parking from the North Garage in past Law Commencements, so it is recommended as the first choice to park for those arriving late.

Please note that over-sized vehicles (stretch limos, shuttle vans, buses, RV’s, etc) cannot be parked in the structures and will be directed by Campus Safety staff to park off campus after dropping passengers off. Finally, please help the University be a good neighbor by not parking in commercial lots near the campus for the events unless you patronize the businesses they serve.

Reserved Seating and Reserved Parking for Those With a Disability

Reserved seating and parking will be available for individuals with a medical or physical disability. Please complete the Reserved Seating-Parking form by clicking here. Please don’t wait until the last minute to complete this form! All forms must be completed by no later than Friday, May 3, 2019. All reserved seats will be released 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. All other seating and parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’d like to drop off relatives, family or friends please do so in the parking lot behind Adobe Lodge off of 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 in moving those with mobility issues closer to the ceremony (in front of the Mission Church).


For any additional questions please contact the Dean’s Office, Charney Hall, Rm 311 at or (408) 554-4362.

Dorian DaleyCommencement Speaker: Dorian Daley, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Oracle Corporation

Dorian Daley serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Oracle Corporation. She began her career at Oracle in 1992 after spending five years with the commercial litigation group of Landels, Ripley & Diamond in San Francisco. She is a 1986 graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law and a 1981 graduate of Stanford University. Prior to her appointment as General Counsel, Ms. Daley served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Legal, with management responsibility for the Oracle Litigation group. In leading and working within the litigation group, Ms. Daley participated in and oversaw all business and IP-related disputes, litigation, and investigations worldwide, including matters relating to Oracle’s Compliance and Ethics program and its merger and acquisition legal strategy. She was also active in commercial process and policy review.

Following her appointment as General Counsel in 2007, Ms. Daley has continued to be an active participant in litigation, dispute resolution, investigations, Oracle’s Compliance and Ethics program and commercial policy and practice reviews, as well as to lead the many legal and compliance practice groups within Oracle. Ms. Daley also works closely with other members of executive management and the Oracle board of directors to provide legal counsel on myriad tactical and strategic issues affecting Oracle’s growing business and the evolving governance issues it faces. Ms. Daley served as Oracle’s Corporate Secretary from 2007 through 2017 and acted directly as its Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer from July 2014 until April 2016.

Ms. Daley has been the recipient of various awards and recognitions, including the 2010 Diversity Gala Award from Santa Clara University School of Law for being a role model for women and minorities in the legal field, and the 2011 Best General Counsel Award (Large Public Company), by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 Ethisphere Institute recognized Ms. Daley as one of the Attorneys Who Matter in the Top General Counsel category; in 2012 the San Francisco Business Times named her as one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women; in 2012 Corporate Counsel Magazine identified her as one of the Top Legal Officers; and in 2013 she was the recipient of the Santa Clara Law Alumni Special Achievement Award, Honoring Lawyers Who Lead.

In 2015, Ms. Daley was named one of the Women Leaders in Tech Law, and singled out as one of 10 “Power Players” – lawyers who stand out as trailblazers, mentors and advocates for women in tech, by the editors of The Recorder. In 2016, Ms. Daley accepted the National Association of Women Lawyers Challenge Award for the significant number of women in the legal department and in leadership positions; Ms. Daley was named as one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel by the National Law Journal; and Ms. Daley’s legal department was named as one of the Best Legal Departments by Corporate Counsel Magazine. In February 2019 Ms. Daley was named as a “Legend of the Law” awarded by the prestigious Burton Awards (in association with the Library of Congress), a national honor given to General Counsel whose careers in the law have been exemplary.

Ms. Daley has been featured by Profile Magazine in its coverage of General Counsel of Fortune 100 Companies and by the California International Law Journal in 2015, and has served on numerous panels regarding technology, the role of the General Counsel, compliance and ethics, diversity and many substantive practice areas. She serves on the Board of Governors for the Commonwealth Club of California, and the Executive Committee of BSA | The Software Alliance, which is the leading advocate for the software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. In 2017, Ms. Daley joined the Board for ChIPs (Chiefs for Intellectual Property), a nonprofit organization focused on advancing women in technology, law and policy. Her appointment marks the first time a board seat will be held by a non-founding member. She has served as a member of the executive committee for the Securities Regulation Institute Board of Directors and is a member of the Santa Clara University Law School Advisory Board. At Santa Clara she has also served on the Diversity Gala organizing committee, the Hi Tech Law Institute Board and she has participated in each session of the In House Counsel Institute.

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.