Additional Traditions

Asian New Year Celebration

The Asian New Year is celebrated at UIW. Attendees get to observe various forms of dance and music, sample a variety of various types of Asian cuisine, and view cultural presentations and a fashion show. The festival includes participation from the San Antonio Lion Dance Association, Chinese Culture Performance Association, Japan America Society of San Antonio, the UIW Asian Culture Club, and the UIW History Club.

International Education Week

In November, UIW participates in a worldwide celebration on International Education and exchange through food, culture, music, art, and education. Some of the week's festivities include the International Food Festival, Children's Global Passport, and World Karaoke Night. Click here for the International Education Week schedule.

For more information, visit the International Student and Scholar Services page.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

The nursing faculty and administration of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions hold a pinning ceremony to honor their graduates. The pinning ceremony is a nursing tradition from the time of Florence Nightingale in the late 1800s that signified that the individual completed the requirements from the nursing education program. As part of the pinning ceremony, the graduates also recite a modernized Nightingale Pledge that is based on principles and ethics of the nursing profession.

Pinning Ceremony

Part of Welcome Week. Meet new and returning students and receive a special welcome from UIW administrators, faculty, and student leaders. The evening starts with a special pinning ceremony to commemorate your new chapter at UIW and a reception to immediately follow. We invite all new students and their parents or spouse to attend. Sponsored by Campus Life, Student Government Association, and University Mission & Ministry at the McDermott Convocation Center.

Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony

The Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony is held in celebration of first year pharmacy students who will receive their white coats and pledge themselves to serving others by reciting the Oath of a Pharmacist. The White Coat Ceremony marks their entrance into the John and Rita Feik School of Pharmacy.

Research Week

Since 2008, the Office of Research and Graduate studies, the Office of Research Development, and the Department of Instructional Technology have collaborated to provide a vibrant forum for University-wide research. The event welcomes submissions from both faculty and students and has grown annually, developing from a single day's event into a week-long celebration.

For more information, please visit the Research Week page.

Veterans Day

UIW celebrates all of the past and present brave men and women who protect our country. Thank you for your service. Happy Veterans Day! The Annual Veterans Day celebration is held on Dubuis Lawn.