The Holy Names University campus celebrated its 132nd Convocation on Wednesday September 20th. This all-community ceremony welcomed the class of 2016 (the largest incoming class in the history of HNU), celebrated the beginning of their academic journey at HNU, and officially began the 2012-2013 academic year.
The theme of this year’s convocation was “Naming Our Destiny.” This theme was reflected in speeches given by alumni Ana Raphael-Scott ’89, who called on the wisdom of Neil Young, and Ricardo Marquez-Cadaval ’07, who advised the student to ” . . . know why you are here.”
Before the Presentation of Scholarships, Lizbeth J. Martin, Vice President, Academic Affairs, informed the gathering that this class, with a total of 236 students, contains the largest number of males (112) in the history of the university; 42 incoming students have a first language other than English and 86 are first-generation college students. The Class of 2016 also contains two sets of twins.
This Year’s Alumni Speakers
Ana Raphael-Scott graduated in 1989 from HNU with a degree in psychology and as a recipient of the Founders Medal. In 1994 she married fellow alumnus Terry Scott ’87, and they relocated to Texas in 1999 where Ana worked as an account manager for Electronic Arts. In 2002 she began working for Ubisoft, a worldwide entertainment software company in San Francisco, where she is currently a director of sales.
Ana and Terry are proud of the work they accomplished in helping to open St. Joseph’s Catholic school in Texas in 2002, where Ana also served for seven years as an advisory council chairperson.
She and Terry have two children, Elena and John. She has also recently accepted the role of HNU Alumni Board President, which she will assume after this year’s Homecoming.
Ricardo Marquez graduated summa cum laude in 2007 with a degree in business. During his time at HNU he was a member of the men’s soccer team and volunteered at Acorn Woodland Elementary School. Ricardo was inducted into Sigma Beta Delta (the International Honor Society in Business, Management, and Administration) and he was named Academic Athlete of the Year at the HNU Alpha Delta Awards in 2005 – 2007.
Following graduation, Ricardo was the assistant coach for HNU’s men’s and women’s soccer programs. He was also the development coordinator in the Office of Institutional Advancement.
Ricardo currently works for BRC Group and Alianza de Futbol Hispano in San Francisco, the largest Hispanic-dedicated soccer program in the US. He continues his volunteer work at San Francisco Education Fund, where he is a tutor and mentor for underperforming student athletes at John O’Connell High School.