Commencement 2015

Welcome to the information hub for the

45th Annual Sierra Nevada College Commencement

Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 10 am


Commencement week events for graduates, their families and friends, and the entire SNC community begin Wednesday, May 13.

Due to inclement weather, all outdoor events during Commencement Week, including Commencement itself, have been moved indoors!

Please check the new event locations in the schedule below.

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


Commencement Speaker: Roy Tuscany

Tuscany graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he traveled to the west to pursue his dream of being a professional free-skier. However, in 2006, Tuscany suffered a spinal injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. He used his experience to create the Truckee based High Fives Non-Profit Foundation. Tuscany’s non-profit strives to raise injury prevention awareness and provide support to those who are suffering from life altering injuries. So far, the foundation has aided in the recovery of over 66 athletes. Tuscany lives in Truckee with his wife, Michelle, and their bulldog Karl.


Valedictorian: Tom Letson

Letson was raised in Auburn, MA. While he was growing up, he was influenced greatly by science and music. During high school, he started to draw and paint and fell in love with it. He brought this new-found love with him to Sierra Nevada College where he will graduate with dual degrees in Environmental Science and Ecology and Fine Art. During his four and a half years at SNC Tahoe, Letson has presented in the annual student symposium representing both of his majors, received the National Who’s Who Award in 2014 and 2015, and was the captain of two USCSA national championship winning snowboard teams.

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

Please note location changes as shown!

SNC Choir Annual Broadway Concert

  • Wednesday May 13 @ 7 pm
  • Patterson Hall

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


  • Thursday, May 14 @ 4pm
  • Patterson Hall

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 15 @ 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 15

    (immediately following Awards Ceremony)

  • Patterson Hall

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

Annual Faculty Graduation Picnic

  • Friday, May 15 @ 12:30pm
  • Patterson Hall

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 16 @ 10am
  • Incline High School Gymnasium

NOTE: Graduates report to the small gymnasium (across the hall from the main gym) at Incline High School @ 9am. Please attend this important milestone event early to prepare for your final goodbye!

Limited parking is available on the Incline High School campus. As with events at SNC Tahoe, carpooling is encouraged.


New Commencement Location

Incline High School
499 Village Blvd.
Incline Village NV 89451