News Tagged as Commencement

SUA graduates raise their arms in celebration during the 2024 Commencement Ceremony

Behind the Scenes: The Making of an Unforgettable Commencement Weekend

Jun 06, 2024

More than 1,000 visitors are welcomed onto campus during commencement weekend each year, greeted by a pristine campus, delicious meals, tour guides at the ready, and a myriad of Soka faculty and staff

2024 SUA Graduates toss their caps in the air in celebration of commencement

From Adversity to Achievement: Soka’s 2024 Commencement Honors Graduates' Journeys

Jun 05, 2024

As a gray canopy of clouds blanketing Aliso Viejo parted to reveal a brilliant, sun-lit afternoon, the skies seemed to join in the celebration of this year’s Soka University of America graduates. More

Headshot of Board of Trustees Chair Stephen Dunham

SUA Board of Trustees Chair Stephen Dunham Announced as 2024 Commencement Speaker

Apr 22, 2024

Soka University of America announced Board of Trustees Chair Stephen Dunham as keynote speaker of the 2024 commencement ceremony, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 24 in the Soka Performing Arts

Soka's Class of 2023 throws their graduation caps in the air in celebration

Soka’s 2023 Commencement: Emerging Victorious

Jun 05, 2023

SUA founder Daisaku Ikeda perfectly captured the spirit of the 19th Commencement Ceremony in his message to the Class of 2023, calling the day a “song of epic triumph.” The cool and cloudy afternoon

Wanjira Mathai smiles. She has short hair and long, dangly red earrings.

African Luminary Wanjira Mathai Is 2023 Soka Global Citizen Award Winner and Commencement Speaker

Mar 16, 2023

Soka University of America has named Wanjira Mathai recipient of the 2023 Soka Global Citizen Award for her decades of advocating for social and environmental change on both local and international

2022 Soka graduates toss their caps in the air

Soka’s 2022 Commencement: A Joyful Ceremony Celebrating Mission-Driven Graduates

Jun 21, 2022

As an overcast morning in Aliso Viejo gave way to sunshine, the skies seemed to know it was time to celebrate after a challenging few years. Soka University of America’s 2022 commencement ceremony on

Headshot of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, Keynote Speaker at the 2022 commencement ceremony.

Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi Announced as SUA’s 2022 Commencement Speaker

Mar 11, 2022

Soka University of America announced Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi as keynote speaker of the 2022 commencement ceremony. The ceremony, which will be SUA’s first in-person commencement since

Abigail Meyer in cap and gown

Class of 2021’s Resilience Celebrated in Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Jun 02, 2021

Called to action by a 92-year-old American civil rights icon, the Soka University of America 2021 graduates celebrated from worldwide locations in a virtual commencement attended by hundreds of

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Graduation of Katarina Hou, Class of 2019

May 28, 2019

SUA would like to recognize the graduation of Katarina Hou, class of 2019, who has been an invaluable member of the SUA community.

Commencement speaker Leymah Gbowe

Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate, to be Commencement Speaker at Soka University

Apr 18, 2019

SUA’s President Daniel Habuki is honored to announce that Leymah Gbowee, the 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate and Liberian peace activist, will be SUA’s 2019 commencement speaker.