Spring 2023 Commencement

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum | Event will be livestreamed
3201 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78219

Commencement Ceremony Details

10 a.m.

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Dreeben School of Education
H-E-B School of Business and Administration
School of Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering
School of Media and Design
School of Professional Studies

3 p.m.

Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions
Feik School of Pharmacy
Rosenberg School of Optometry
School of Physical Therapy
School of Osteopathic Medicine

Baccalaureate Masses

Friday, May 5, 2023

6:30 p.m.

Chapel of the Incarnate Word | Mass will be livestreamed
4503 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209

6:45 p.m.

Our Lady’s Chapel
Administration Building, First Floor
4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209

Baccalaureate Mass Details

Frequently Asked Questions

The ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 6, at the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78219.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will take place for the following schools: College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Dreeben School of Education; H-E-B School of Business and Administration; School of Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering; School of Media and Design; and School of Professional Studies.

  • 8:30 a.m. Student Arrival
  • 9 a.m. Line-up Check and Faculty Arrival
  • 9:40 a.m. Processional Begins
  • 10 a.m. Ceremony Begins

The 3 p.m. ceremony will take place for the following schools: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions; Feik School of Pharmacy; Rosenberg School of Optometry; School of Physical Therapy; and School of Osteopathic Medicine.

  • 1:30 p.m. Student Arrival
  • 2 p.m. Line-up Check and Faculty Arrival
  • 2:40 p.m. Processional Begins
  • 3 p.m. Ceremony Begins

Map of Parking and Freeman Expo Hall

Graduates must check in with the Office of the Registrar at the Expo Hall behind the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum. When planning your arrival time, please expect increased traffic through the West Gate entrance which may delay parking access.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will take place for the following schools: College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Dreeben School of Education; H-E-B School of Business and Administration; School of Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering; School of Media and Design; and School of Professional Studies.

  • 8:30 a.m. Student Arrival
  • 9 a.m. Line-up Check and Faculty Arrival
  • 9:40 a.m. Processional Begins
  • 10 a.m. Ceremony Begins

The 3 p.m. ceremony will take place for the following schools: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions; Feik School of Pharmacy; Rosenberg School of Optometry; School of Physical Therapy; and School of Osteopathic Medicine.

  • 1:30 p.m. Student Arrival
  • 2 p.m. Line-up Check and Faculty Arrival
  • 2:40 p.m. Processional Begins
  • 3 p.m. Ceremony Begins

No. The graduating person does not need a ticket for commencement.

Students will receive 12 commencement tickets each.

We anticipate each ceremony to last on average two and a half hours. When planning events after your ceremony, we advise that you allow for additional time to exit the parking lots with heavy traffic.

The UIW Mask Policy no longer mandates the wearing of masks indoors/outdoors whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. Other conditions apply. Please review the latest update to the Mask Policy (3/16/2022) for the most recent changes. Should you choose to wear a mask, CDC recommends using a high-quality mask that has two or more layers that fit snugly and includes a nose wire for a closer fit and to prevent gaps for the best protection. For more information, visit CDC Your Guide to Masks.

A livestream will be available on the University's YouTube channel. 

10 a.m. Livestream

3 p.m. Livestream

No. The Spring 2023 Commencement Ceremony is an in-person event. We will offer a livestream of the event so that graduates can hold family watch parties and host gatherings safely. The ceremony will remain available for viewing on the UIW YouTube page.

The $50 graduation fee is not associated with the ceremony. The graduation fee is applicable to all graduates, even those who are not participating in the ceremony. The fee covers services including, but not limited to, degree audits and the printing and shipping of diplomas. This fee is non-refundable.

Yes, the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum has parking available for graduates and their guests. Graduates receive one complimentary parking permit for Lot 9. Information will be sent to each graduate by email. Guests may use lots 1 and 2, parking is $10 per car. Please see the map detailing which gates to use to access the correct lots.

Map of Parking and Freeman Expo Hall

The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodations for special events with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for events, please complete the online form.

Request for Event Accommodations

There are no bag or purse restrictions.

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