Commencement 2016

Welcome to the information hub for the

46th Annual Sierra Nevada College Commencement

Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 10 am


Commencement week events for graduates, their families and friends, and the entire SNC community begin Thursday, May 12.

For information about attendees, graduation requirements, and graduation regalia and accessories see Commencement FAQ.

Grad Fair 2016

Location: Campus Store
Date: March 9, 2016 10am – 3pm

Order your graduation announcements and class rings in person. If you cannot attend, order directly through the Jostens website at

Regalia will be available in the Campus Store after February 1 2016.

Commencement Speaker: David Magee

Screenwriter David Magee’s first film, “Finding Neverland,” was nominated for seven Academy Awards and 11 Academy of Film and Television Awards, including nominations from both academies for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film. It was also nominated for a Golden Globe and the Humanitas Award. Magee’s screenplay for Ang Lee’s film “Life of Pi” received 13 Oscar and nine BAFTA nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film. Magee was also named UCLA’s Screenwriter of the Year for 2013, and nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America.

He is currently writing the next chapter in the continuing adventures of Mary Poppins for Disney. The not-yet titled musical will be directed by Rob Marshall, with music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”). Other current projects include “Euphoria” with director Michael Apted, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair,” “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” and “The School for Good and Evil.”

After he received his BA in directing and design from Michigan State University, and MFA from the University of Illinois in acting, Magee spent years performing in New York and in regional theaters around the country. He has done extensive voiceover work, including narration of several audio books, and he wrote the audio abridgements of 85 novels, including bestsellers by notable authors from many genres. He has served as Story Consultant for Dreamworks Animation, and as the Semel Chair of Screenwriting at Emerson College.


Valedictorian: MeiLi LeRoy

Born and raised in France and California, MeiLi continued speaking her native French and dreamt of working in an international setting. After travelling to 13 different countries on the European program Special Task Force, MeiLi came to SNC Tahoe for a degree in Ski Business & Resort Management. The Forces Driving Globalization class inspired her “to double major in Global Business Management. I’m confident this will help me when I work abroad.”

In her 4 years at SNC, MeiLi has been Library Assistant, Baking Club Vice President, SGA Secretary, Sierra Angels Intern, Human Resources Assistant, and finally SGA President. She’s always felt a calling for serving, in any capacity. Her goal is to leave things better than she found them, in both her personal and professional life. Post graduation, she plans to stay in Tahoe with her husband and to earn her professional certification in Human Resources. They hope to own and manage a hotel in Switzerland one day!

The 1969 Blue Legacy Cords

imagesGraduates – Celebrate your achievements at SNC Tahoe, show your appreciation for the experiences and opportunities you’ve had, and set the example for future classes by wearing your Blue 1969 Legacy Cord at Commencement.

Commencement Week Events


  • Thursday, May 12 @ 4pm
  • Patterson Lawn

Open to all students, family members, alumni, faculty, and staff.

This annual event is a day to celebrate the end of the school year with Hawaiian food and beverages, volleyball, and live music.

SNC Choir Annual Broadway Concert

  • Thursday May 12 @ 7 pm
  • Cornerstone Church

    (Tahoe Blvd. at Country Club Drive)

Open to All. TICKETS: $10 Adults | $5 Children | FREE to SNC Students and their families

Awards Ceremony

  • Friday, May 13 @ 9:30am
  • Patterson Hall

Faculty and Staff present Student Departmental Awards for outstanding performance, and Students announce outstanding Faculty and Staff.

Graduates may invite guests.

Commencement Rehearsal

  • Friday, May 13

    (immediately following Awards Ceremony)

  • Patterson Lawn

MANDATORY for undergrads; optional for graduate students.
This rehearsal will help ensure the big day is a success!

Annual Graduation Picnic

  • Friday, May 13 @ 12:30pm
  • Incline Beach

Open to all students, family members, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Come to the beach for a fun afternoon following Commencement Rehearsal for food, fun, friends, and volleyball.

Presidential Investiture & Reception

  • Friday, May 13 @ 4:30pm
  • Patterson Hall

Open to all students, family members, alumni, faculty, and staff.

A ceremony to welcome and install Dr. Alan Walker as SNC Tahoe president, to be followed by Dr. Walker's "State of the College" address.


  • Saturday, May 14 @ 10am
  • Patterson Lawn

NOTE: Graduates report to TCES @ 9am. Please attend this important milestone event early to prepare for your final goodbye!