Fall Graduates Cross the Stage on Campus | Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Texas A&M University-San Antonio hosted fall 2021 graduates and their friends and family on December 18-19 in three beginning ceremonies.
Despite the rain and wind on both days, graduates like Valerie Barrera, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, were grateful for the university’s attempts to accommodate guests.
“(The start) feels more personal here on campus than at the AT&T Center,” Barrera said. “It’s faster and not as long so it was really good.”
The start of the College of Education and Human Development and the start of the College of Business took place on December 18. The College of Arts and Sciences was held on December 19.
Each debut took place in the auditorium, open only to graduates. Each graduate walked across the stage and was treated to 10 guests.
Guests watched live and cheered from various spaces on campus, including a large tent near the recreation area. For those who were unable to attend, all three ceremonies were broadcast live and are available on Youtube.
The father of Jessica Faur, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, said he was satisfied with the ceremony.
“(The university) did very well”, Faur, who watched the ceremony from inside the facilities noted. “The broadcast was good… (Jessica) is our first daughter to graduate from college, so we’re very excited for her future.”
Opening remarks for each ceremony were delivered by Vijay Golla, Vice-Rector for Research and Graduate Studies.
Rohan Christie-David, Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, could not attend the ceremony on December 18 due to sickness. President Dr Cynthia Teniente-Matson was also absent from all ceremonies due to sickness.
“… Our university president Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson cannot be here today due to illness“Golla said in opening remarks.” While it has been a great disappointment for her, we know the time has come to be careful and protect the health of our fellow members in the community. “
After the closing remarks, the recession was interpreted by Mariachi Damas de Jalisco. Due to the inclement weather, the mariachis could not perform on stage for the start of the College of Education and Human Development and instead performed outdoors in tents afterwards.
The graduates were then able to take photos around the campus, including General the Jaguar.
Ninfa Vela, who got a bachelor of business administration in management, took pictures with his family in the cafeteria. She said the past two semesters have made crossing the stage more meaningful.
“Besides the pandemic, I lost family members and some got terminally ill, which was difficult,” Vela said. “These became the most important semesters because they allowed me to reaffirm the importance of resilience and perseverance. “
Going forward, Vela is leaving San Antonio, but is interested in the online MBA opportunity available at the university in the fall of 2022.