Commencement 2017

Welcome to the information hub for the

47th Annual Sierra Nevada College Commencement

Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 10 am


Commencement week events for graduates, their families and friends, and the entire SNC community begin Thursday, May 11.

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

Grad Announcements & Regalia

Order your graduation announcements and class rings through the Jostens website at

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

Commencement Speaker: Benjamin Busch

Benjamin Busch is a writer, filmmaker and photographer. He served 16 years as an infantry infantry and reconnaissance officer in the Marines, deploying twice to Iraq.

He is writer/director of the award winning films Sympathetic Details and BRIGHT, was an actor and military consultant on the HBO mini-series, Generation Kill, and portrayed Officer Colicchio for three seasons in the HBO series The Wire.

He is the author of the memoir Dust to Dust (Ecco). His essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Daily Beast and NPR. His work has been awarded the James Dickey Prize for poetry and his poems have appeared in North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Five Points, Epiphany, Oberon, and Michigan Quarterly Review among others. He teaches nonfiction in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, and lives on a farm in Michigan where he shovels by day and is an illustrator at night.

Valedictorian: Francesca Curtolo

Francesca came to SNC as a sophomore from Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice. Having come from the traditional knowledge-based Italian educational system, Francesca found a new perspective in SNC’s interactive approach to learning. Her faculty mentors, particularly Professor Stacy Taylor in Business and Instructor Tanya Canino in Journalism, encouraged her to explore across disciplines and make connections between academic knowledge and practical applications. Her work on the Eagle’s Eye, writing in her third language, earned her the Journalism program’s 2016 Golden Quill Award.

She skied for the winning SNC Eagles USCSA Alpine Ski Team for two years before being sidelined by an injury, winning the 2016 Women’s Individual National Championship in Slalom. In the off season, she competed with the Water Ski club and kept score for the Soccer teams home games. She has been part of the Honor Student program, an active member of the SNC Young Professionals, tutored students in Math and Economics, and served as a peer advisor for Business majors.

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

SNC Choir Annual Broadway Concert

  • Thursday May 11 @ 7 pm
  • St. Patrick's Episcopal Church

    (on Incline Blvd.)

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

Awards Ceremony

  • Friday, May 12 @ 9:30am
  • Patterson Hall

Faculty and staff present Student Departmental Awards for outstanding performance. Students announce outstanding faculty and staff.

Graduates may invite guests.

Commencement Rehearsal

  • Friday, May 12

    (immediately following Awards Ceremony, about 10:45am)

  • 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 12 @ 12:30pm
  • Incline Beach

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

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


  • Saturday, May 13 @ 10am
  • Patterson Lawn

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