(Nov. 26, 2018) -- Lights! Camera! Time to graduate!
After years of hard work, late nights at the library and endless studying, it is finally time to cross the Commencement stage.
What better way to commemorate this moment than with an awesome photo shoot? We’re breaking down the best campus spots to snap the quintessential graduation photo and make a memory.
>> Learn more about UTSA Commencement including traditions, regalia and staying involved after graduation.
The Sombrilla Fountain
A treasured Roadrunner meeting spot, the Sombrilla Fountain tops our list of grad photo locations. Legend has it that ’Runners who touch the fountain during finals week will get an extra boost of good luck. And it’s tempting, but don’t jump in! The legend also says that touching the Sombrilla at any other time throughout the semester could jeopardize your chances of earning that A. So, grab the cap and gown and pose in front of UTSA’s iconic fountain. Years into your career, you’ll be glad you did.
The Roadrunner Statue
The Roadrunner Statue is one of the newer additions to campus. After 1,000 hours of work by artist R.G. Box, the iron statue, which sports 1,000 feathers and stands at six feet tall and 11 feet long, landed at UTSA in 2013. Today, it rests inside Central Plaza near the Sombrilla and watches over ’Runners are they head to class every day. It’s also a celebratory staple during UTSA traditions like Fiesta, Best Fest and Homecoming. Take a photo with Rowdy (without climbing on…too dangerous…we want you at commencement!) and show off your best “Birds Up” pose.
The UTSA Monuments
The UTSA Monuments are a popular photo spot for graduating seniors. Located at the UTSA Oval, the Monuments greet ’Runners as they enter the Main Campus each day. Plan ahead if you want a photo shoot here without being rushed. These spots become quite crowded as Commencement gets closer and when they’re all lit up to celebrate our graduates.
The UTSA Benches
You must be tired from all of that studying, so, ’Runners, take a seat (or lie down) on a UTSA bench. These signature orange and blue benches were commissioned for the UTSA campuses. They’re located at the Main and Downtown Campuses. Oftentimes, families with multiple generations of Roadrunners will take photos on the benches. There’s something special about a pic featuring two, three or four generations of UTSA graduates.
The San Antonio Skyline at the Downtown Campus
The Alamo City is an important part of your college narrative, ’Runners. Show off your San Antonio pride with a picturesque photo of the skyline. You can find a gorgeous view of the city at the Downtown Campus balcony inside the Frio Street Building, Room 4.450A conference room. Just call ahead then ask reception for permission to enter.
Roadrunner Memorial Garden
The Roadrunner Memorial Garden is a new site that was developed by the UTSA student body as a place to reflect and cherish Roadrunners who have passed. The garden was dedicated in February 2008 and, just last May, UTSA students began a new tradition: They now kneel at the Memorial Garden to honor those who have passed. Visit this tranquil garden and celebrate the inspirations in your life.
Graduation photos are the highlight reel of your college career. Have fun and remember to smile. It’s your time to shine. And share your photos with us on social media using hashtag #UTSAGrad18.
Discover more information about UTSA Commencement.
De-stress during Finals Week with UTSA Libraries' Relaxation Stations, located at John Peace Library on the second floor, and at the Downtown Library. The Relaxation Stations will include puzzles, coloring and more from Dec. 6-Dec. 14.John Peace Library, second floor and Downtown Library, Main and Downtown Campuses
This UTSA student exhibit features the work of anthropology students who have examined the effects tourism has on local culture.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Students from grades 9 to 12 at Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering delved into their family histories and turned their family photos into artworks.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
The first ceremony begins at 10 a.m. honors graduates from the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, College of Business, College of Education and Human Development and College of Public Policy.Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
At 4 p.m., the second ceremony will be held to honor graduates from the College of Engineering, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Science and the University College.Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
UTSA's John Nix invites the community to sing "Amazing Grace" and “We Shall Overcome” at 11 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The intent of this nationwide effort is to honor Dr. King's legacy and to spread a sense of community in the United States.Locations throughout the United States
The annual event features authentic foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment from China, to the Indian Sub-continent, and the island nations of the Pacific. The Festival features two stages, a martial arts demonstration area, children’s hands on crafting area, anime activities, bonsai and ikebana displays, mahjong table and more.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA Day is an Open House and one of the best ways to see what it is like to be part of the UTSA Family! Schedule a visit the way you want, based on your interests and time. Learn more about the next steps on becoming a Roadrunner!Various locations, Main Campus
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