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University goes curbside for graduation

University goes curbside for graduation - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio, stands beside General the Jaguar and smiles at a student during the spring 2020 curbside commencement. Courtesy photo: Office of Marketing and Communications, A&M-San Antonio

Texas A&M University-San Antonio is honoring spring, summer and fall 2020 graduates with a curbside commencement.

The deadline for the graduates to sign up is Nov. 20.

The commencement will be celebrated over three days, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dec. 13, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 14 and 9 a.m – 1 p.m. Dec. 15. on campus at the Senator Frank L. Madla Building lawn area.

“It is important for graduates and their families to attend the event,” said Abigail Montañez, manager of event services for The Office of the President. “It would be important for them to come out and celebrate this monumental moment in their graduate’s life.”

One A&M-San Antonio student participating in the curbside commencement is Zachary Franckowiak, a first-generation student and international business management senior.

“No one on my father’s side of the family has attended college or obtained a secondary-level degree,” Franckowiak said. “My grandma, who is 86 years old, has talked about being the first in my family to complete my degree and sees it as a launching pad to improve on our family’s life.”

Montañez said not all details about the commencement have been revealed yet to the graduating seniors but will be discussed when the event gets closer.

Students will be able to bring up to five family members to see them walk the stage and have their graduation pictures taken on the campus.

Hand sanitizer will be available during check-in. Montañez said wellness check-in stations will be open by the Science and Technology Building and the Auditorium for graduates and their guests. Masks are required for the commencement, except during the graduate’s pictures. Social distancing will be practiced and staff will be implementing those safety protocols.

“Celebrate and share this moment with your family because you have persevered as a student and been through a lot in your college career,” Franckowiak said.

For more information or questions about the fall 2020 curbside commencement, email, email or visit

About the Author

D'Mitrius Rios
D'Mitrius Rios is a senior communications major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He received his associate of arts from Northwest Vista College in December of 2016. He works at a movie theater in addition to being a full-time student. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, watching his favorite TV shows and singing. Upon graduating, he hopes to pursue a career in social media or writing.

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