UIW Celebrates the Class of 2014

UIW GraduationSAN ANTONIO – The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) will confer degrees to graduates at two spring commencement ceremonies scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 9 and at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 11.  The Friday ceremony will be held in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center on the UIW campus.  The Sunday commencement ceremony will be held in the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum located at 3201 E Houston St. San Antonio, TX 78219.

Commencement will also be broadcast online.  Live coverage of the events will begin 15 minutes prior to the event at http://uiwtv.org/index.php/commencement/.

Ceremonies to be broadcast are:

  • Feik School of Pharmacy Oath and Hooding Ceremony,
    Thurs., May 8, 6 p.m., Lila Cockrell Theater, 200 E. Market St., 78205
  • Spring 2013 Commencement for professional and Ph.D. Candidates,
    Fri., May 9, 6:30 p.m., UIW’s Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center
  • Undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremony,
    Sun., May 11, 2 p.m., Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum 78219

Friday evening’s commencement will honor graduates of the university’s Ph.D. and professional doctoral programs. The keynote speaker is Sam Witkin.

Witkin has served as executive director of Washington, D.C. – based Project Interchange for the past six years. Founded in 1982, Project Interchange is an educational institute of the American Jewish Committee that brings influential opinion leaders and policy makers to Israel for a week of intensive travel and learning. Prior to joining Project Interchange, Witkin served as national affairs director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism. He is also the former president of the American Friends of Tel Aviv University, where he led all development and education activities in the United States. He spent twelve years with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, serving as southwest regional director in Texas and then senior regional director for its Southern Pacific region.

Born and raised in the Panama Canal Zone, Witkin holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Tampa and an MBA from West Texas A&M University.

The Sunday commencement will honor students earning their bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  The 2014 Alumna of Distinction for Service in Mission, Jennifer Staubach Gates, BSN ’88 will serve as commencement speaker.

Gates, a lifelong Dallasite, was elected to her first term as a Dallas City Council Member in 2013. She currently serves as the vice chair of the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee and sits on the Public Safety Committee as well as the Arts, Culture and Libraries Committee. Gates has extensive nonprofit experience managing the $125 million annual budget for the Catholic Foundation, and serving on the Diocesan Education Endowment that awards more than $600,000 per year in education scholarships. She also serves as the chair for the Domestic Violence Taskforce, and holds regular meetings that help to bridge communication between the Dallas Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, judges, and community partners; this collaboration aims to strengthen the forces fighting to end domestic violence in Dallas.

In 1988, Gates earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Incarnate Word College, where she received the Dr. Amy Freeman Lee Award.  Upon graduation, Gates worked as a school nurse and is still a licensed Registered Nurse today.  She continues to serve the UIW community as an alumna by hosting Dallas Alumni Network events in her home and speaking on behalf of UIW at Dallas area events. She assists with Incarnate Word recruitment efforts in the Dallas area and continues to be a strong supporter of the UIW nursing program.  She has been married to John Gates for 30 years.  They have two daughters and one grandson.

A Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m., Sat., May 10 in UIW’s Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.   Processional and recessional music will be performed by the San Antonio Pipes and Drums.

Parking will be available on the UIW campus with overflow parking at AT&T located between Allensworth & Groveland. Handicapped parking will be available in the area directly adjacent to the convocation center between the UIW Solar House and the softball field.

Commencement ceremonies are open to ticketed guests only.



Contact: Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations at (210) 829-6001, (210) 422-4052, (mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu)

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