Welcome to De Anza's
53rd Annual Commencement Celebration!
7 p.m. | Friday | June 26
This has been a different kind of year, so we planned a celebration like nothing you've seen before.
Miss the Premiere? You Can Still Watch the Video Here!
You can watch the Special Celebration Video on this webpage, or use your smart TV or any device with the YouTube app – just search for the De Anza College channel. And remember to share on social media: Use the hashtag #deanzagrad2020 and look for our special GIFs on your favorite app.
AFTER THE VIDEO: Check out our special Slideshow of Graduates, with photos and messages from all grads who submitted them. Watch some more congratulatory messages from district and community leaders. You can also download a souvenir program and view online Congrats Cards from friends, family and members of the De Anza community.
Here's what you will see:
First, the preliminaries
- Welcome from Christina G. Espinosa-Pieb, Interim President
- Celebratory remarks from student and college leaders
- Commencement address by student speaker Tamara Williams
- Conferring of degrees
After the speakers, remember to keep watching for the main event – our special celebration video!
Slideshow of Graduates' Photos and Messages!
Look for Your Friends!
Click the arrow in the lower left corner of the slides to watch the complete slideshow with all grad-submitted photos and messages, or use the search box to search by name or department!
Download the Program
You can download a printable PDF version of the souvenir program for this year's event.
You can also view the flipbook version online.
Tamara Williams, Student Speaker
Each year, a student scholarship winner is chosen to deliver the commencement address. This year, at the invitation of the President’s Office, the Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators Network (BFSA) selected Tamara Williams to be the student speaker.
Tamara, 26, is graduating this year with degrees in Early Childhood Education and Liberal Arts. She plans to continue taking online classes at California Baptist University, focusing on child psychology and African American Studies.
Congrats Cards, Award Winners and More!
- Remember to check out the online Congrats Cards from family, friends and members of the De Anza College Community
Student Speaker and Awards
- Scroll down to view more congratulatory messages from college district and community leaders
Eric Esparza, President's Award Recipient
Shelly Michael, President's Award Recipient
Two students were named as recipients of the President's Award by Interim President Christina G. Espinosa-Pieb
- Eric Esparza is transferring to the University of California, Berkeley and wants to become a lawyer.
- Shelly Michael is transferring to Columbia University and plans a career in public service.
Four students were selected for awards by the Black Faculty, Staff and Administrator's Network
- W.E.B. Du Bois Awards for Academic Excellence
- Sankofa Awards
Genevieve Kolar, who served as student representative to the Foothill-De Anza board of trustees for 2019-2020, was awarded the A. Robert DeHart Scholarship, named for De Anza's founding president.
To get things started, here are some special messages to the Class of 2020 from members of the De Anza College community. (Click the box in the lower-right corner of each video to watch in full screen.)
Judy Miner, Chancellor, Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Pearl Cheng, President, Foothill-De Anza District Board of Trustees
Peter Landsberger, Vice-President, Foothill-De Anza District Board of Trustees
Patrick Ahrens, Trustee, Foothill-De Anza Community College District
U.S. Representative, D-Santa Clara
Shyamoli Banerjee, President, Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors
Orrin Mahoney, Co-Chair, De Anza Commission
Co-Chair, De Anza Commission
You'll find an assortment of these on Giphy.com and your favorite social media app by searching for deanzagrad2020 or the hashtag #deanzagrad2020
We've got a great way that friends and family members can send congrats and best wishes to their favorite grad – or to the entire Class of 2020.
Classmates, instructors or anyone in the De Anza community can also use our online form to submit a message, and optional photo.
We'll post these on a special section of this website, where everyone can enjoy them.
Visit the Office of Communications Zoom Backgrounds webpage to view and download specially designed background images that you can use for online grad celebrations – or anytime you want!
Share Your Grad Cap Decorations!
Decorate your graduation cap and share a photo on Instagram or Twitter. This is your chance to show off some of the creativity, humor or inspiration that helped you get through college and earn your degree. Be sure to use the hashtag #deanzagrad2020 so we can regram and retweet our favorites.
Here are some of our favorite caps from recent years.