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Sam Gonzales

Message from Sam Gonzales
Vice President for Student Affairs

Spring is in the air and our students are preparing for finals. As I walk around campus, I see a buzz of excitement from our students. They are enjoying our campus-based Fiesta festivities and preparing to close up a successful semester. Through all of this, they rely on family, friends and classmates.

Being a parent myself, I know that this particular level of excitement also comes with stress. Your support is a vital component to their success. Finals are merely a way for our students to showcase all that they have learned this semester. I want them to believe that they can be successful.

We believe in your students and we are here to provide support as well. As finals approach, our campus services are focused on academics and wellness. The University Center will be open 24 hours during the finals period, Campus Recreation hosts stress down days programming and our counseling center remains available to talk students through any barriers they may face. Students also have the opportunity to take advantage of academic coaching, tutoring and writing center reviews. No one has to do it alone.

If there is anything that we can do to assist your students, please do not hesitate to email us.

UTSA Graduates on UC Paseo Sea of UTSA Graduates from above

When Your Roadrunner Earns a Degree

By Kayla Larsen, M.Ed., Graduation Coordinator II, Office of the Registrar


If your student is getting close to finishing their classes and degree requirements, it's time for them to look into applying for Graduation. Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree (not to be confused with Commencement, the celebration and ceremony where they walk across the stage to commemorate the achievement).

Students must submit a graduation application in order to graduate. It's important to note that the deadline to apply for graduation is the semester before a student finishes their degree requirements. For undergraduates planning to graduate in the fall of 2017, they need to apply by July 15, 2017.

Applying is easy and is completed online through their ASAP account. Learn more about the graduation process here.


UTSA Commencement is not only a major event in a graduate's life, but it is also a celebration and acknowledgement of the role friends and family have played: providing guidance, care and support in their graduate's education journey.

By hosting the event at the Alamodome, students are able to invite as many guests as they want to celebrate this exciting accomplishment. Admission is free (no tickets are required, but there is an Alamodome parking fee), seating is open for guests, and the doors open approximately two hours before the ceremony.

The names of all graduates will be called and the ceremony should take approximately two to two and a half hours. After the ceremony, please exit the Alamodome to congratulate your graduate. No re-entry will be allowed. You can learn more about attending Commencement as well as important details for your graduate at the UTSA Commencement website.

Important Dates

Commencement Ceremony One - Saturday, May 13, 10:00am
  • College of Liberal and Fine Arts
  • College of Public Policy
  • University College
Commencement Ceremony Two - Saturday, May 13, 4:00pm
  • College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering
Commencement Ceremony Three - Sunday, May 14, 2:00pm
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Sciences

Fall Graduation Application Deadline: July 15, 2017

UTSA Class Ring Reminder

By Courtney Clevenger, Assistant Director, Internal and Web Communications

UTSA class rings are also available to 2017 graduates. One of UTSA's most unique traditions, the rings sleep in the Alamo the night before the Ring Ceremony, when students receive this lasting symbol in front of family, friends and university dignitaries. UTSA Ring ordering and pricing information is available here.

emergency preparation infographic from project envolve

Get Prepared, Stay Prepared

By Lorenzo D. Sanchez, Director of Emergency Management

The UTSA Office of Emergency Management would like to remind you of a few simple ways you can engage yourself in emergency preparedness. This is a great time of year to get everything in order so you and your family can be ready when seconds count! If you follow the simple measures outlined in this article, you'll be prepared to act when disaster strikes.

First things first – prepare an emergency kit! In order to respond to any type of emergency, you are advised to put together an emergency kit for your home, car, and office/workplace. Items to include in your kit include water/sports drink, snacks, medications, first-aid kit, important documents, clothes, flashlight, batteries, cell phone charger, and personal hygiene products. A list of preferred items is available on the UTSA Campus Alerts website.

Next on the path to preparedness is to develop an emergency plan. Preparing a plan ahead of time will assist you during an emergency and lessen the stress of figuring out what to do and who to contact. Your plan should include emergency contact information, phone numbers of emergency services, important personal information for emergency responders (medical allergies, doctors, etc), and other basic preparedness information. Make your family plan by visiting the Texas Prepares website.

Lastly, stay informed! Know the hazards that surround you at all times, and learn about how you can respond to different types of emergencies. Listen to the news, monitor weather conditions, research local threats, and most importantly, share this information with your family, friends, and coworkers. Verify your contact information in the UTSA Alerts system (through ASAP) to ensure you receive text (or voice) and email messages during campus emergencies. Also, download the UTSA app which has emergency information and phone number pre-programmed for you!

Together, we can build and sustain a safe campus community. For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the UTSA Campus Alerts website. Have a question? Email us at or call the UTSA Office of Emergency Management at (210) 458-6851.

U Lock U Keep Bicycle Theft Prevention Poster

Bicycle Theft Awareness

By Sergeant Shawn Smith #640, UTSA Police Department, Community Affairs Section

Be sure to properly lock your bicycles. There has been an increase in bicycle thefts recently on campus and we find a lot of bicycles unsecured or not secured properly. Register your bicycle online with UTSA Campus Services + bring your bicycle to UTSAPD to get it engraved = you get a FREE U-LOCK! Don't miss out...

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  • Priority notice to register for Family Association events
  • Access to members-only student scholarships
  • Networking opportunities with Roadrunner families and staff
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