Virtual Pinning Ceremony

16th Annual Pinning Ceremony

Join the UIW tradition of welcoming first-time students to the UIW family through a symbolic ceremony where lapel pins, bearing the University seal, are given to all incoming students. This ceremony marks the start of your collegiate journey with the pin reflecting the same seal that will decorate your class ring during commencement.

2020 Pinning Ceremony Video


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Fr. Thomas Dymowski, O.SS.T.
University Chaplain



Dr. Thomas Evans
University President


Mission Moment

Aimee Galindo
Student Government Association President


New Student Charge

Dr. Monica Ayala Jimenez
Associate Provost


Cardinal Pledge

Incoming Class of 2024

Pinning Service

Blessing of Parents and Guardians

Fr. Thomas Dymowski, O.SS.T.
University Chaplain

Closing Remarks

Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo
University Provost

New Student Charge

New Students, I invite you to reflect on your lives with me for a moment, and if you feel so moved, answer the questions with “I will.”

New Freshman and new transfer students – you take a new step in your life today. You have come to take your place among us. Will you open yourself to the newness around you, allowing yourself to respond to new ideas, new experiences, and new friends?

I will.

New students of the 2020-2021 school year – as you embrace your new life at the University of the Incarnate Word, will you be faithful to the values you and your families hold dear, growing in spirit as well as body and mind? And will you commit yourselves to share with this academic community your insights, your questions, and your dreams?

I will.

Will you truly take your rightful place among us as responsible young adults, giving yourselves to your academic disciplines and the challenges that will make your growth to full maturity possible?

I will.

And lastly, are you open to listen for the living Word, the Incarnate Word, as it is revealed in your lives, in your family’s life, and in our shared life together?

I will.

Closing Quotation Mark
I will pursue all of my endeavors with honor and integrity to advance the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization and the common good. I will take personal responsibility for my actions and stand for what is right. I will respect the dignity of others, treating them with civility, courtesy, and compassion as I carry out the UIW Mission.
Closing Quotation Mark

Cardinal Pledge

University of the Incarnate Word Core Values of the Mission


The University educates men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens.


The faculty and students support one another in the search for the communication of truth.


The university is committed to educational excellence in a context to faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God.


The curriculum includes a global perspective and an emphasis on social justice and community service.


The university is open to thoughtful innovation that serves the spiritual and material needs of people.

A Special Thank You

Office of Campus Engagement Office of Communications and Brand Marketing Office of the President Office of the Provost University Mission and Ministry

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