MORAGA -- Two accomplished Saint Mary's College alumni -- U.S. District Court Judge Troy Nunley and longtime De La Salle head football coach Bob Ladouceur -- will address Saint Mary's College graduates this weekend as part of the college's 150th anniversary commencement ceremonies.
Ladouceur, who stepped down in January following a wildly successful 34-year, 399-win career, has seen more than his share of commencement addresses at De La Salle. But he said he is coming up with his own material to present to the 500 or so graduate students going through Sunday's ceremony.
"I think a commencement address should be a preview of what graduates should be doing going forward," said Ladouceur. "It will be a challenge for them to assess what their education has meant to them."
Nunley said he knows the importance education has played in his life. He described his background growing up in San Francisco's Hunters Point neighborhood as "rough," and that going to Sacred Heart Academy in that city, and later to Saint Mary's -- both Christian Brothers schools -- gave him both the discipline and encouragement to set him on the course for a life in law.
"The nature of Saint Mary's seminar classes was perfect preparation for law school, with their long talks about reasoning and analysis," Nunley said.
An expected 635 students will receive their diplomas at Saturday's undergraduate commencement, in addition to more than 500 graduate students set to receive diplomas the following day, Sunday, during the Graduate and Professional Programs commencement.
Nunley (Class of '86), was nominated for judgeship by President Barack Obama in 2012, and in March was confirmed by the U.S. Senate,. He will deliver the commencement address for the College's undergraduates Saturday.
Ladouceur, who received his master's degree from Saint Mary's in 1989, holds the longest winning streak in the history of high school sports (151), and is the subject of a Hollywood film now in production. He said he greatly enjoyed his time at Saint Mary's.
What was a key life lesson he learned while he was there?
"Really, the more you learn, the more you should be aware of how little you know. You should never rest on your laurels in seeking the truth."
Nunley said he is offering himself up to graduates as someone who has succeeded despite humble beginnings.
"The message is 'If I can make it, you can make it, and you don't have an excuse,' " he said.
Undergraduates -- Saturday, May 25, starting at 9:30 a.m. at SMC Stadium on the college campus
Graduate and Professional Programs -- Sunday, May 26, 4 p.m., also at the SMC Stadium on the college campus