Fall 2020 Commencement

Dear UIW Class of 2020,

We have been working closely with our UIW COVID-19 response teams as we prepare plans for Fall 2020 Commencement celebrations. As arrangements near completion, we are excited to inform you of the ways we will safely honor you and your great accomplishment.

The Fall Class of 2020 will be honored in a virtual ceremony this December. The University remains in the “minimal to moderate” or “yellow” COVID-19 warning indicator. This level requires us to continue to maintain safety precautions such as physical distancing and only allowing a limited number of people to gather for in-person events. At the current time, the City of San Antonio has not yet permitted large events in arenas or convention centers to take place at full occupancy. The decision to celebrate our graduates virtually this fall was made with the safety of all students, families, faculty and staff in our hearts and minds, and in keeping with current regulations.

Because COVID-19 numbers in the Bexar County area have generally decreased however, we are excited to announce that this semester’s commencement festivities will also include an on-campus, socially distant, outdoor event on a different day than the virtual ceremony. Graduates and their loved ones will be invited to come to campus in their regalia to enjoy the Light the Way Christmas lights at a special commencement drive-thru procession from the safety of their vehicles. A portrait opportunity in a designated location where social distancing measures can be implemented will also be available at this event. We invite all members of the UIW Class of 2020, including May and August graduates, to participate.

More information regarding dates, times and specific details on how to participate in the virtual ceremony and on-campus event will be shared with the UIW Class of 2020 via email over the coming weeks.

We cannot wait to celebrate you with our entire UIW community and your loved ones this December. Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Praised be the Incarnate Word.

Office of the Registrar