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UIW celebrates the Spring Class of 2018

Posted: May 08, 2018  |  by Margaret Garcia
Filed Under: Campus News

UIW Celebrates the Spring Class of 2018
Over 1,300 student’s complete 56,565 hours of community service

San Antonio – University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) President Dr. Thomas M. Evans will confer degrees to over 1,300 professional, doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students at three Spring Commencement Ceremonies scheduled for Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12. This is Evans’ first Spring graduation. He was inaugurated as UIW’s 10th president in March.

Each ceremony will be broadcast online. Live coverage of the events will begin 15 minutes prior to the event via

The commencement schedule is as follows:

  • Rosenberg School of Optometry and School of Physical Therapy;
    7:30 p.m., Friday, May 11; UIW McDermott Convocation Center
  • Feik School of Pharmacy and Master of Biomedical Sciences Degree Candidates;
    10 a.m., Saturday, May 12; UIW McDermott Convocation Center
  • Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctoral Commencement;
    6 p.m., Saturday, May 12; Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum (3201 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78219)

A point of pride at UIW is how our students embrace the core value of service. The Spring Class of 2018 completed a total of 56,565 hours of service in the community providing an economic impact totaling $1,396,589 in volunteer service hours. It is our hope that they will continue this legacy of service as concerned and enlightened citizens in our society.

The Saturday evening commencement will honor students earning their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. This year’s commencement speaker is Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Sr. Teresa Maya.

Sr. Teresa Maya has been a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio since 1994. Her ministry has been primarily in education where she has served as a teacher, history professor and administrator. Sister Maya holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, a Master of Arts from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and a Ph.D. from El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. In addition to serving as congregational leader, she also serves as president for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

The 2018 Alumna of Distinction for Service in Mission is Donna C. Normandin. Normandin is currently senior vice president and CRA officer for Frost Bank. An active member of the community, Normandin serves on committees and boards of several non-profit organizations. She also currently serves as chair of the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Food Bank. In addition to her service in the community, Normandin is an active UIW alumna and was a founding member and the first president of the UIW Alumni Association. Normandin holds a BBA and an MBA from the University of the Incarnate Word. 

A Baccalaureate Mass is scheduled for 4 p.m., Friday, May 11, in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center on the UIW campus. The San Antonio Pipes and Drums will perform processional and recessional music for Baccalaureate and Commencement.

Admission to commencement ceremonies is by ticket only. Commencement will also be broadcast online. Live coverage of the events will begin 15 minutes prior to the event at


Media Contact: Margaret Garcia, associate director of communications and marketing, (210) 829-6001,


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