SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — Over 1,400 students are ready to grab their undergraduate diplomas at Santa Clara University, which is hosting an in-person graduation celebration this year.
Staff has set up a stage where students are able to walk this year but instead of a huge audience of peers, loved ones and strangers, it’ll just be their family. Each graduate can bring two guests.
This year, they have to schedule the time they walk across the stage.
Each student has a time slot. Once they arrive to the university, they’ll receive their diploma — as they walk across the stage by themselves and have their picture taken.
The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Graduates are required to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Santa Clara is hosting its virtual commencement ceremony. It includes guest speakers, student awards, and a valedictorian address. Students will hear their names be called out. It’ll mark their transition into the real world.
The university will host it online on Saturday at noon.
There are two parking garages for Friday’s in-person celebrations.
The North parking garage is available for people participating in the 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. ceremonies.
It is located between Alameda and Alviso Street.
The main parking structure is open for the 10:30 a.m. ceremony – that’s located on palm drive.