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44th Annual Sierra Nevada College Commencement

Saturday, May 17, 2014 @ 10 am


Commencement week events for graduates, their families and friends, and the entire SNC community begin Wednesday, May 14.

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

Commencement Speaker Steve Schmidt

Sierra Nevada College is proud to announce that the 44th Commencement Address will be given by strategist Steve Schmidt. As Vice-Chairman of Public Affairs at Edelman, one of the world’s biggest public relations firms, Steve is a strategic counselor to chief executive officers and senior decision makers at global corporations, professional sports franchises, non-profit organizations and academic institutions.

Steve-SchmidtPreviously, he served as a top strategist to President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election and as Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Vice President. During his tenure with the Administration, Steve played a leading role in the confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court. In 2006, Steve left the White House to lead the successful re-election of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and subsequently served as a senior advisor to Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign.

Steve is a graduate of the University of Delaware and a Senior Fellow at the school’s Center for Political Communication.

Valedictorian Molly Allen

2014-valedictorian-Molly-AllenMolly Allen is a passionate artist. Originally from Summit County, Colorado, she’s had her hands in clay her whole life. In 2013 she was accepted into the National Student Juried Exhibition in Houston, Texas, where she won a purchase award. While at SNC she has volunteered with students at several high schools and the local Boys and Girls Club. Molly completed her BFA this December, and has, ultimately, set her sights on completing a MFA program.

the 1969 Blue Legacy Cords

imagesGraduates – Celebrate your achievements at SNC, 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

  • Wednesday May 14 @ 7 pm
  • Patterson Hall

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

Senior Night

  • Wednesday, May 14

    (immediately following the Choir Concert)

  • The Wild Alaskan

Seniors ONLY | Hosted by the Student Government Association


  • Thursday, May 15 @ 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.

Awards Ceremony

  • Friday, May 16 @ 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 16

    (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 Faculty Graduation Picnic

  • Friday, May 16 @ 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.


  • Saturday, May 17 @ 10am
  • Patterson Lawn

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