The University of the Incarnate Word held its first in-person commencement since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrating the accomplishments of graduates in four separate weekend ceremonies at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.
Graduates walked the stage in front of family and friends Friday and Saturday, with 137 who were part of the first graduating class from UIW’s School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Last year, colleges and universities canceled, delayed, or transformed in-person graduation ceremonies to drive-thru events in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. A year later, some schools have kept those modified ceremonies in place.
San Antonio College held a “graduation in motion,” a car parade through the campus led by the Bexar County Sheriff’s mounted patrol and a fire truck. Graduates followed in their vehicles to receive their diplomas.
At Our Lady of the Lake University, a similar car parade passed by the school’s main building, where graduates received their diplomas. Earlier, Christopher Robinson Jr., a 2017 graduate, delivered a livestreamed commencement address inside the university chapel.