Commencement 2018

Welcome to the information hub for the

49th Annual Sierra Nevada College Commencement

Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 10 am

Commencement week events for graduates, their families and friends, and the entire SNC community begin Thursday, May 10.

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.

composer Jan Stevens at his piano

Commencement Speaker: Jan Stevens ’77

Eclectic composer Jan Stevens has written music for over 300 episodes of television. His credit list also includes indie feature films, documentaries, commercials, and producing projects. His wide-ranging musical sensibilities combine standard instrumentation with global influences to give each project its own unique sound. He has traveled the world, collecting musical instruments and learning new sounds and rhythms from local musicians.

After graduating from Sierra Nevada College, Stevens earned a film scoring degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has scored numerous television pilots, syndicated series, and primetime network shows, including the much-loved series Scrubs and Samantha Who, Grapevine, Saturday Night Live, American Idol, Ellen Degeneres, Fox Sports, The Sopranos, Jimmy Kimmel, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, and Oprah – to name a selection. The Scrubs episode “My Musical” garnered two Emmy nominations.

Stevens’ song “Goodbye Is Not Forever”, which he wrote for his graduation from SNC, will be performed during Commencement.

Giulianna Crivello, Sierra Nevada College 2018 Valedictorian

Valedictorian: Giulianna Crivello

Crivello completed 12 applications to big public universities before she discovered SNC, but when she finally got here she felt instantly at home. She has been an active member of the honors program, worked at a local private equity firm, interned for Sierra Innovations and the Sierra Angels, and led her business plan competition team all the way to first place the D.W. Reynolds Tri-State Competition. She also was the Director of Public Relations for the Student Government Association, mentored incoming freshman, and studied abroad in Ireland. All while completing her entrepreneurship and finance/economics degrees in three and half years.

Giulianna, otherwise known as “G,” found close friendships, amazing mentors, a lot of hard work, and plentiful adventures here at SNC. She ran for the cross-country team, rode the Tour de Tahoe as a member of Team Eagle, and explored hiking and backpacking. She says that her “journey at SNC has gone beyond anything I could have imagined.”

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!