Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

~ De Anza College 54th Annual Commencement ~

Friday, June 25, 2021 


Miss the Premiere? You Can Still Watch the Online Grad Celebration Video

You can watch it here or on YouTube. You can also scroll down this page to read about our student Grad Speakers and Grad Poet, major award winners and more! Remember to check out all the digital Congrats Cards, too.

Read Sara Robertson's graduation poem


young woman in cap and gown with cutout of President Holmes


Here's What You Will See

  • The celebration video features President Holmes and college leaders, student Grad Speakers, our first-ever Grad Poet and a special guest – writer and cultural critic Roxane Gay
  • After the conferring of degrees, you’ll see the graduates' names on screen, with more messages from members of the De Anza community

Below, you can check out our special Grad Slideshow, with messages and photos from the Class of 2021

Plus: You can read read the full text of Sara Robertson's Graduation Poem and enjoy all the digital Congrats Cards from friends, family and more members of the college community.



Special Grad Slideshow 

Look for Your Friends!

Click the arrow in the lower left corner of the slides to watch the slideshow of photos and messages from the Class of 2021!

You can also use the search box to search by name or department. Just type in a name and select one of the suggested options.


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    Introducing Our Student Speakers and Grad Poet

    This year's Online Grad Celebration Video will include three distinguished students – and other special guests – along with President Lloyd A. Holmes and campus leaders, plus names of graduating students and messages from students, friends and families!

    Shanaz Shakur

    President's Award winner Shanaz Shakur is transferring to the University of California, Berkeley, where she plans to study law and sociology.

    Keanna Ruiz

    Keanna Ruiz, our second President’s Award recipient for 2021, is transferring to San José State to complete her bachelor's degree in nursing.

    Sara Robertson

    Graduation Poet Sara Robertson, also transferring to the University of California, Berkeley, will read an original poem honoring the Class of 2021.



    Meet the DeHart and Pister Scholarship Winners 

    Enrique SamagueyEnrique Samaguey, this year’s winner of the DeHart Scholarship for service to the De Anza community, is transferring to the University of California, Berkeley, where he plans to study education and psychology so he can help other young people. 

    While at De Anza, he's been active as a peer mentor in Puente and a student staff member for HEFAS, and won a Student Leadership Award for his work.

    Yajaira OrozcoYajaira Orozco is this year’s winner of the Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award, which provides a $20,000 scholarship to a De Anza student who transfers to the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

    She is transferring this fall and will major in Community Studies and Environmental Studies, with a long-term goal of working on environmental policy affecting low-income and immigrant communities.



    Send and Receive Congrats Cards 

    Congrats Card: Yidinekachew

    Congrats Card: Christopher Sanchez

    Friends, family and members of the college community have sent hundreds of congrats and best wishes to their favorite grad – and the entire Class of 2021.

    You can also submit an optional photo of yourself, your family or the grad you are congratulating

    We'll combine your message and optional photo, or use one of our special grad images, to create a colorful digital card.

    Congrats cards can be viewed on a special section of this website, where everyone can enjoy them. 


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