Undergraduate/Graduate Ceremony

Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. | Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E Houston St.

Graduates of undergraduate and graduate programs will be honored at a commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. at the Freeman Coliseum. As guest tickets are limited, a livestream of the ceremony can be watched below on that day and time.

The ceremony will honor students in the following schools:

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

See Health Professions Commencement Ceremony information here.


Doors will open one hour prior to each ceremony. In order to avoid missing the processional, guests should be seated twenty minutes prior to the start time. Graduates must arrive to line up for the procession one and a half hours prior to the start time listed for their ceremony.

As with every commencement ceremony, Sunday best attire is encouraged under your commencement regalia (cap and gown).

Your participation was noted in the Statement of Intention to Graduate form at beginning of the semester. No further confirmation is required.

The undergraduate and graduate ceremonies have been separated to allow for an equal number of participants in each ceremony. This will allow us to properly social distance.

If there are any unclaimed tickets, an email will be sent to graduates to claim extra tickets (no more than two additional tickets) on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Yes, all guests require a ticket including infants and small children.

All cars with graduates should follow the Graduate Parking and Arrival instructions.

Map of Parking and Freeman Expo Hall

Yes, graduates will gather in the Exhibit Hall to line up for the processional one and a half hours prior to the ceremony start time.

Yes! The Grad Team photographers will be on site to take photos as graduates cross the stage. An email to purchase your images will be sent to your UIW email address following the ceremony.

Event photographers will also be on-site, documenting the occasion. By participating in the ceremony, you agree to having your photo taken during the event.

The health and safety of our graduates, staff, and guests are our top priority. As such, masks are recommended but not required for all participants and guests at the commencement ceremony. In order to safely practice social distancing, guest tickets are limited to 12 per graduate.

All UIW COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations will be in place for Commencement. It is recommended that individuals make use of proper masking and social distancing. Graduates may wear a mask according to their comfort level and will be asked to use the provided hand sanitizer before crossing the stage. Guests are recommended to social distance between parties throughout the Freeman Coliseum.

We kindly ask that graduates meet their guests outside following the ceremony. Guests will not be allowed on the floor of the Freeman Coliseum.

Yes, all commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed. Please visit UIW's Commencement site to view your ceremony. The livestream will remain available for viewing on this page and on the UIW YouTube channel.

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.

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