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Sierra Nevada University 2020 Virtual Commencement

Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ 10 am

For the health and safety of our entire community, SNU’s 2020 Commencement will take place entirely online this year. Virtual Commencement will be live-streamed here and across all our social media channels. “Attendees” will be able to interact with each other across multiple platforms in real time.

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Jeremy Jones is an accomplished filmmaker, entrepreneur, environmentalist and snowboarding pioneer

Commencement Speaker: Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones is an accomplished filmmaker, entrepreneur, environmentalist and snowboarding pioneer widely regarded as one of the most legendary big mountain riders and explorers of all time. He was named the 2013 National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year”, and voted “Best Big Mountain Rider of the Year” ten times by Snowboarder Magazine. Jeremy has starred in over a hundred snowboard movies and videos worldwide, including his highly acclaimed, foot-powered snowboarding trilogy Deeper, Further and Higher.

He is the founder and CEO of award-winning Jones Snowboards, which is dedicated to developing the highest quality backcountry snowboards and accessories. In 2007 Jeremy founded Protect Our Winters, a global cause uniting the winter sports community against climate change, and was recognized as a “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama. Jeremy has appeared frequently in worldwide media including 60 Minutes Sports, ABC’s Nightline News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Outside Magazine and TV, Men’s Journal, Esquire, CNN, MTV, ESPN, Fox News, NBC, and National Geographic.

Photo credit SNU alumnus Ming Poon

SNU 2020 valedictorian Alisa Robinson B.A. in Psychology

Valedictorian: Alisa Robinson

Alisa Robinson has proved to be a true academic who embodies what it means to be a Sierra Nevada University Eagle. Both within and beyond the realm of her psychology courses, she was empowered to explore by the support she received from faculty. She has presented her research at major undergraduate research conferences, and was a primary researcher for Dr. Christina Frederick’s NIH and Nevada INBRE Pilot Grant. Her personal experiences with the pervasive influence of media grew into a minor in Marketing. A web design course led to her interest in the intersection of web design and psychology, and from there to new skills in coding and graphics programs.

She has been a teaching assistant, tutor, and student mentor for the psychology department. Within the community, she was a peer support group co-facilitator at the Douglas Center of Hope and Healing for several years, and volunteered with the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Program.

“My experience at SNU has taught me to think bigger, anticipate changes, listen, take risks, and most importantly to take advantage of opportunities.”

The 1969 Blue Legacy Cords

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

Virtual Commencement Week Events

SNU Virtual Luau & Senior Night

  • Thursday May 14 @ 4-5pm PDT
  • info coming soon

Bringing back a popular SNC commencement week tradition, SNU seniors, staff and faculty are invited to celebrate the end of the school year (virtually) together. Strut your best Hawaiian attire (at least the shirt!), and enjoy your personally prepared Hawaiian food and drink.


  • Saturday, May 16 @ 10am PDT

At the traditional commencement start time of 10am, Virtual Commencement will be live-streamed across our social media channels and on the SNU website, including addresses from the president, valedictorian, and commencement speaker Jeremy Jones. Each graduating senior will have a personal slide incorporated into the video and their name read by their department chair. Students and parents will be able to interact with each other across multiple platforms in real time throughout the event.