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New tradition, virtual events to celebrate UTSA’s graduating Class of 2020

New tradition, virtual events to celebrate UTSA’s graduating Class of 2020

MAY 21, 2020 — Victory celebrations in San Antonio always include honking car horns, and that tradition is being carried over to UTSA. The university’s graduating students in San Antonio will participate in a nostalgic Commencement Drive around the Main Campus on Friday, May 22.

This new tradition will begin at the Brackenridge (BK 5) parking lot adjacent to the Child Development Center. Vehicles may begin gathering at 3:30 p.m. The parade around campus begins at 4 p.m. Graduating students are encouraged to bring someone along to drive so that they may wave and take photos on the drive.

To make this a safe experience for everyone, individuals will remain in their vehicles and limit the number of cars participating to one car per graduate. All cars must begin at the parade starting point and stay in line as the drive goes through campus. The parade will be led by the UTSA Police Department, and individuals are asked to join the parade only from the official starting point and adhere to motor vehicle guidelines for the number of passengers.

Individuals not in San Antonio may also join the celebration. They are encouraged to honk their horns at 4 p.m. wherever they are and share videos of the occasion on social media using #UTSAGrad20. Some individuals may be featured on UTSA channels. The Class of 2020 will always be in our hearts, and it seems fitting that they begin a new campus tradition for future generations to enjoy.

Virtual commencement celebrations for the 4,950 spring and summer classes offer an on-demand experience that includes videos from President Eighmy, Provost Kimberly Andrews Espy, the deans of the colleges and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.


The Monument Lights and H-E-B Student Union tower will shine blue and white in honor of the Class of 2020 for 20 days beginning on May 20.
The Alumni Association will host a Virtual Grad Bash on May 28 at 8 p.m.
UTSA Athletics will hold a student-athlete virtual celebration for its 53 graduating students on May 30 at 1 p.m. on the UTSA Athletics Facebook account.
Get stickers from UTSA's GIPHY channel and Facebook frames from the Alumni Association to help celebrate.

Graduate profiles will contain the name of the graduate, degree earned, university honors, a photo and a personal message submitted by the graduate. Graduates may download their profile to share in social media. While the website launches at stated times by college, Roadrunners may view videos and download personal entries at any time after the stated time for each college. Individuals are asked to use #UTSAGrad20 for all social media postings. More information may be found on the Commencement website.

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