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Aug. 6: Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Campus Celebrates Eighth Annual Graduation Ceremony Sunday, Aug. 8

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Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Campus Celebrates
Eighth Annual Graduation Ceremony Sunday, Aug. 8

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley campus will host Scott Dietzen at its eighth annual graduation ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 8 at Moffett Field, Calif.

"It is both an honor and a pleasure to get to speak to the new graduates of Carnegie Mellon's Silicon Valley campus," said Dietzen, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and veteran of WebLogic and Zimbra. "As a Carnegie Mellon alum myself, I can say that my education and network have served me well, and I hope to share some thoughts on how the new grads can continue to parlay those assets into successful leadership roles in the industry."

Deven Alimchandani, one of 81 Silicon Valley graduates receiving master's degrees in software engineering and management, praised the program for its structure, flexibility and excellent course content. "My experience in this program has helped me expand my business toolkit, leadership portfolio and technology tack," said Alimchandani, who manages the service delivery management department at Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, Calif. "I want to be a C-level of a company and my Carnegie Mellon experience will help me get there."

Those sentiments of academic excellence are also echoed by 2008 Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley alum Sarah Laiwala.

"I can attribute my successful career to the education I received from the Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley program, and I'm very honored and happy to receive the Dean's Return on Education Award. Through Carnegie Mellon, I met very talented and innovative individuals, including students and professors, that guided me in my career even after graduation and helped me develop my entrepreneurial traits," said Laiwala, a developer experience product manager at BT-Rabbit.

This year, the Silicon Valley campus will graduate its 500th student, adding to the more than 5,000 Carnegie Mellon alumni in the San Francisco Bay area.