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Family Weekend 2012
Alumni & Friends Trip to France
Expanding International Reach & Education
Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars
Hilltopper Family Spotlight
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April 2012

St. Edward’s Congratulates Our
2012 Graduates

United Nations Award Recipient to Speak at Commencement

Sonia Picado Sotela On Saturday, May 12, Ambassador Sonia Picado Sotela will address the 2012 senior class and their families and friends. Picado Sotela is chair of the United Nations Advisory Board on Human Security, president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights and has served as judge and vice chair of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She is a former member of the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica and the former president of the National Liberation Party.

Picado Sotela holds a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Costa Rica. She was the first woman elected dean of a law school in Latin America, has taught at universities worldwide and served as the Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States. Her many honors include the United Nations Human Rights Award in recognition of her work in Latin America.

New Plans for University Commencement

Due to the growth of our graduating classes, St. Edward’s is combining all of its commencements into one ceremony held in May at the Frank Erwin Center. This year, May and August graduates will walk in May 2012, and December graduates will walk in May 2013. In subsequent years, commencements will follow this same procedure.

On the eve of graduation, St. Edward’s invites you to participate in the Hilltop Send-Off, a special celebration for our 2012 graduates. The event includes Baccalaureate Mass, a Legacy Walk through campus and the Red Doors Revelry — a festive outdoor reception.
Get details about commencement changes »

Graduation Tips for Your Senior

Parent and son at graduation

Graduation is just around the corner. Help your senior get ready for this special event with these important reminders:

  • Stay on top of last-minute details with our handy graduation checklist.
    Download the graduation checklist (PDF)  »

  • Mark your calendar with these key dates for graduation events and deadlines, baccalaureate service and more.
    View graduation dates  »

  • Encourage your student to visit the Office of Career Services where our dedicated staff provides students and alumni with support and knowledge for career success.
    Learn about Career Services  »

  • Remind your senior to check the mail and email for invitations to join our end-of-year graduation events and celebration parties.

Staying Connected

The St. Edward’s University Alumni Association supports our graduates and connects them to more than 22,000 alumni around the world. Every graduate is automatically enrolled in the Alumni Association when they join Hilltop.Connect, our free online alumni community. New alumni can also friend the association on Facebook and follow it on Twitter. These online resources are ideal ways to stay connected to the hilltop, and keep university friendships and networks going strong.
Learn about the St. Edward's Alumni Association  »

Seniors Support Future Hilltoppers

Every graduating class at St. Edward’s has the opportunity to make an investment in the education of future Hilltoppers — just like previous alumni of St. Edward’s have invested in the Class of 2012. Remind your senior about the importance of giving back through the Senior Gift Campaign. The campaign supports The St. Edward’s Fund, which provides vital scholarships and operating capital for each academic year. Join your senior in giving back. You, too, can make a gift in honor of the Class of 2012!

Give to The St. Edward's Fund today


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