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University celebrates seniors with curbside graduation

University celebrates seniors with curbside graduation - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

A student's decorative cap during fall commencement at Freeman Coliseum Dec. 18, 2019. Spring 2020 commencement will be postponed because of COVID-19, Matson wrote in an email to students March 18. Photo courtesy of Texas A&M University-San Antonio Flickr

Despite graduation being postponed due to COVID-19, Texas A&M University-San Antonio will be honoring spring 2020 graduates in “Operation Graduation – Curbside Edition”. Graduating seniors are invited to celebrate their achievement on May 15.

“A&M-San Antonio has a proud tradition of community and coming together to celebrate those moments where our students achieve amazing things and commencement is the top of the list,” said Jeanette De Diemar, Vice President for University Advancement & External Relations.

An A&M-San Antonio task force and students planned the curbside celebration to give students a chance to mark the milestone of their original commencement date. Graduating seniors will walk a short distance on campus and get their picture taken with university president Cynthia Teniente-Matson along with General the Jaguar while following social distancing guidelines.

Over 1,000 students are graduating. In addition to the curbside opportunity, the university plans to hold a traditional commencement ceremony Sept. 25 at the Freeman Coliseum.

“We knew as the COVID-19 pandemic evolved we had to take a look at how to make sure those milestones and traditions were still available to our students in ways that are meaningful to them,” De Diemar said. “At the end of the day, that is what our responsibility is to our students.”

De Diemar stressed how important social distancing is during this time.

“The process is designed for students to celebrate but to also make sure they continue to be safe and healthy,” De Diemar said.

“Operation Graduation – Curbside Edition” will take place during two sessions: 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. May 15, on campus.

Seniors interested in being a part of the celebration can sign up at

For more information surrounding “Operation Graduation – Curbside Edition”, visit

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