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Everything You Need to Know About Graduation Weekend

Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Link: Virtual Commencement

The virtual ceremony will be available to stream on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. On that day, you will see the ceremony video, as well as a unique slide for each graduate, at the link above. For now, share this link with your family and friends and tell them to tune in to the ceremony on Dec. 13!

If you miss the 2 p.m. premiere, the ceremony will remain available for at least six months on the Virtual Commencement page.

No, anyone tuning in to the ceremony premiere, or watching at a later time, will be able to access the video with the link above. No registration is required.

Baccalaureate Blessing

The University of the Incarnate Word will hold its Fall Baccalaureate Blessing on Friday, December 11 at 6 p.m. You can view the Baccalaureate Blessing here.

The interactive Zoom registration closed on Sunday, December 6. If you pre-registered for this event, you will receive an email from Mission and Ministry with the Zoom link with log-in credentials unique to each registrant.

Yes, the Baccalaureate Blessing will be livestreamed here: Baccalaureate Blessing

Registration is not required to view the blessing and the video will remain available after the live premiere.

Graduation Drive-Through Celebration

Graduates and their loved ones are invited to come to campus in their regalia to enjoy the Light the Way Christmas lights at a special commencement drive-through procession from the safety of their vehicles. An optional portrait opportunity in a designated location where social distancing measures can be implemented will also be available at this event.

The Drive-Through Graduation Celebration will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13. Graduates are asked to arrive between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. nightly. This event will be by school as follows:

Saturday, December 12: School of Professional Studies

Sunday, December 13: College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Feik School of Pharmacy, Dreeben School of Education, H-E-B School of Business and Administration, Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, Rosenberg School of Optometry, School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, School of Media and Design, School of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Physical Therapy.

Graduates who registered before the soft deadline of December 1 will receive their gift box upon check-in at the event. All those who registered after December 1 are still welcome to attend but will receive their gift box in the mail.

Yes, boxes have been mailed to all graduates who did not register for the drive-through or who registered after December 1.

For social distancing purposes, we ask that you please try to attend the event on your designated day. However, our goal is to be able to celebrate you! If you need to trade dates, please email graduation@uiwtx.edu and we will work towards a solution with you.

Attendees are asked to enter the campus via the 281 entrance (near Joeris Hall). From there, campus police and volunteers will help direct you through campus to the check-in location. After check-in, drive slowly and enjoy the lights! We ask that all visitors please stay in the vehicle at all times. Feel free to roll down your windows! The route will end at the front of campus (near Broadway) where the graduate will have the option to exit their vehicle to take a photo before leaving campus.

We have picked a beautiful spot in front of the iconic Administration Building to capture your big moment!

When you arrive at the photo spot, a staff member will ask the graduate to exit the car and get ready for the photo. Please note ONLY THE GRADUATE WILL BE ALLOWED TO EXIT THE VEHICLE AT THE PHOTO SPOT. Graduates are encouraged to wear their regalia and bring their diploma tube for the photo. Masks must me worn until it is your turn for the photo.

A professional photographer will be available take your complimentary photo. Within 2-4 business days after the event, you will receive a link where you can find your photo and download a high-quality image.

For safety reasons, we are unable to take photos on personal cell phones or cameras.

For safety reasons, the graduation drive-through will include an informal driving procession followed by a socially distanced photo opportunity. This celebration does not include a ceremony or any instance where crowds would gather. The ceremony and the slides where each graduate can hear their name called are both virtual and can be viewed at Virtual Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. We hope to be able to celebrate you in person with a live ceremony very soon. As soon as it is safe enough to do so responsibly, we will reach out to see if you would like to attend an in-person ceremony at a later date.

No, this is an informal procession and celebration. Graduates are asked to arrive at their convenience any time from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and will flow through the event in the order they arrive.

We ask that each graduate keep their attendees to one standard-sized vehicle. No shuttles, buses or limousines, please. Guests inside the vehicle do not need individual tickets.

Our goal is to celebrate with you and we understand that in some cases, limiting your guests to one vehicle can be very stressful and potentially impossible due to health reasons. If you have a concern, please email graduation@uiwtx.edu and we will work towards a solution with you.

As part of our shared responsibility in keeping the Cardinal Community safe and helping to reduce the chance of COVID-19 spread, we ask that all graduates and guests complete the Cardinal Daily Health Check before visiting campus..

Yes! We would love for you to show your pride with decorations. No confetti or confetti poppers, please. Please arrive with your vehicle already decorated. For safety reasons, we will not have a location available for guests to exit the vehicle and decorate.

For health and safety reasons, foot traffic will not be allowed during the drive-through event. Additionally, cars will not be able to drive onto campus and park along the route. Please keep in mind that this is not a ceremony, but rather an informal procession to celebrate your accomplishment in a safe, responsible way.

Additional Information for Graduates

UIW will be congratulating our summer and fall graduates with a full-page ad in the San Antonio Express-News. Graduates will appear in the Sunday edition on December 13. A copy of this tabloid has been included in the Graduation Box.

The Department of Alumni & Parent Relations would like you to stay in touch and will be creating an online alumni profile for all our new graduates on the official alumni website. Please submit your information on the brief form.

Diplomas for December 2020 graduates will be ordered in early February after all degrees are posted. A diploma will not be ordered for you if you have a Business Office hold, a Loan Office hold, or a Registrar’s Office hold. Diplomas will be mailed from the printer directly to the updated address you provided on BannerWeb. An email notice will be sent to you prior to diploma order. The anticipated date of delivery is the last week of February.

Just a reminder – please allow 1-2 weeks from the end of your last term for degree posting. The Fall 2020 grades will be posted by 2:00 p.m. on December 18 and transcripts will be available beginning on January 4. If you are requesting UIW transcripts, please indicate to “hold for degree posting” on the Transcript Request or in any written correspondence. Instructions on ordering transcripts can be found at Registrar website.

Dear Graduates,

Congratulations! I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to walk with all of you while you were here with us. Know that we have missed seeing all of you, especially at this time where we should have been gathering to celebrate you and your accomplishments. However, another way of witnessing our love and care for each other is by making sure we all remain safe and healthy. Know that I am proud of the prudence and resilience our university community has shown during this difficult time.

My prayer for all of you is that your experience at the University of the Incarnate Word has been so transformative that now that you leave us and face new challenges, you are secure and grounded in your identity. In other words, my hope is that you never forget to respond compassionately to needs of our world as it cries out and beseeches you to put all your gifts and talents to work for the good of all.

May the Word Incarnate accompany you as you transition from being a student to a compassionate leader in community.

May God bless you!

Sister Walter Maher, CCVI

VP for Mission and Ministry

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