Commencement 2019

Welcome to the information hub for the

49th Annual Sierra Nevada College Commencement

Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 10 am

Weather Alert!
It’s spring in the mountains. Temperatures will be in the 40s. DRESS WARM!
An indoor livestream feed will be available in Patterson Hall.

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Commencement FAQ

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.

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.

Image of Li Han Chan, founder of pioneering lens technology company DynaOptics

Commencement Speaker: Li Han Chan

From Stanford to SNC, from arms-dealer to environmentalist, from Singapore to Silicon Valley, from strategy consultant to entrepreneur & CEO, Li Han’s career has been anything but a straight shot.

Li Han Chan is the founder and chairman of DynaOptics, the first company in the world to develop, manufacture and sell groundbreaking optical lenses. This free-form camera lens technology produces wide-angle images with much lower distortion than conventional optics. Prior to DynaOptics, Li Han ran a clean energy technology incubator in Nevada, mentoring researchers and entrepreneurs to commercialize early-stage technologies. She has also held roles at the London consulting firm Marakon Associates, and at Singapore Technologies Engineering, Singapore’s largest defense and engineering company. Most dear to her heart, she presided as the mayor of Tubetown at Northstar.

In her student days, Li Han was a nationally-ranked competitive tennis player. She has now graduated to a deep love for being-one-with-nature activities: rock climbing, snow-boarding, tele-skiing, hiking with the family dog and practicing mindfulness.

Eva Jazbec, Sierra Nevada College 2019 valedictorian, in her native Slovenia

Valedictorian: Eva Jazbec

“Attending Sierra Nevada College has shaped me, personally and professionally, in ways I didn’t even dare to imagine. I was recruited to SNC from Slovenia, where I grew up, to race for the alpine ski team. In my four years here, the SNC women’s alpine ski team won the USCSA nationals overall title twice and ranked 2nd twice. Majoring in biology was a natural choice because of my interests. I also decided to add an environmental science major, because of the environmental situation we are facing as a society.

SNC offered me incredible learning opportunities and opened countless doors. I spent 7 semesters tutoring math and science. I contributed to the Lake Tahoe water quality monitoring dataset at the UC Davis TERC lab. I’ve been conducting clinical research on patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at the Incline non-profit Simmaron Research. But it’s also been so much more. I’ve gained a family away from home. I joined a community that always has your back, and pushes you past your comfort zone at the same time.”

Commencement Week Events

SNC Choir Annual Broadway Concert

  • Thursday May 16 @ 7 pm
  • St. Patrick's Episcopal Church

    (on Incline Blvd.)

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

Awards Ceremony

  • Friday, May 17 @ 9:30am
  • Patterson Hall

Faculty, staff, and student awards presented for outstanding performance.
Presentation of the Lane Murray Distinguished Alumni Award.
Graduates may invite guests.

Commencement Rehearsal

  • Friday, May 17

    (immediately following Awards Ceremony, about 11 am)

  • Patterson Lawn

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

Annual Graduation Picnic

  • Friday, May 17 @ 12:30pm
  • Patterson Hall & Patio

Come enjoy a picnic lunch on our beautiful Incline campus.
Open to
 graduating students, family members, alumni, faculty, and staff.


  • Saturday, May 18 @ 10am
  • Patterson Lawn

NOTE: Graduates report to TCES 139/141 at 9am | Faculty to report to Prim Library at 9am.
Please attend this important milestone event early to prepare for your final goodbye!