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Graduation Information


2021 Fall Commencement

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021
5 p.m. 
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Regalia (cap and gown) pick up

Jostens, Inc., OLLU's partner for providing graduation regalia, will be available to assist graduates with regalia:

Thursday, Dec. 9
Beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Freeman Coliseum, Back Stage at Graduate Entrance

Commencement Events

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

Masks are required for all graduates, guests, faculty, staff, students and others attending any of the OLLU graduation ceremonies/events including the commencement ceremony at the Freeman Coliseum.

For on campus events, guests can park in Lot K (View Campus Map)

Time Event
9 a.m.

Veterans Graduation Ceremony
Location: Chapel Auditorium
Regalia not required. 

10 a.m.

Ring Blessing Ceremony
Location: OLLU Sacred Heart Chapel
Regalia not required.

Students may bring class rings or any other significant items such as jewelry that they wish to have blessed at this prayer service. Graduates should arrive by 9:50 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Alumni and Family Meet and Greet for students and their guests
Location: OLLU Mall Area (note location change)
Regalia not required.

Enjoy pastries and refreshments with faculty,  and staff from the Alumni and Family Relations Office (immediately following the Ring Blessing). Parking Permits for commencement will be available for purchase at this time (cash only).  

OLLU dining services will be open for those who would like to enjoy lunch with their graduates. Saints Café will provide a lunch special for $7.50 (plus tax, drink not included) until 1:30 p.m. and Sister Annie B’s Cafeteria will provide a la carte items until 5 p.m. (cash and credit cards are accepted). 

11:30 a.m.

Graduation Liturgy Line-up
Students will line up in Chapel Auditorium located below Sacred Heart Chapel.
Regalia required.  

Noon

Graduation Liturgy
Location: OLLU Sacred Heart Chapel 
Regalia required. Caps and gowns will be worn for the liturgy, with bachelor's and master's degree candidates carrying their hoods over their arms. Doctoral candidates will receive their hoods on stage at commencement.

It is recommended that guests arrive early since seating is limited. Students whose guests require special seating due to a disability, and those graduating students who wish to participate as readers/lectors, altar servers, or trained Eucharistic Ministers should contact University Ministry at 210-431-3973 or by email: ministry@ollusa.edu. Special seating requests made to UniversityMinistry are only for Sacred Heart Chapel.

5 p.m. 

Commencement Exercise
Location: Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum (off campus) 
3201 East Houston St. San Antonio, Texas 78219
Regalia required 

PLEASE NOTE: The ceremonies will be live streamed. The link will be available on this page on the day of commencement. 

Freeman Coliseum Parking Information

General Public Parking will be $10 at the gate. Discounted pre-sale parking permits for West Gate Entrance - Lot 9 - will be available for purchase at OLLU's Student Affairs Office for $3.50 each (CASH ONLY). Pre-sale parking permits are limited and will be available for purchase starting one month prior to the event until commencement day at 1:30 p.m. (or until pre-sale permits run out). The Freeman Coliseum abides by all ADA requirements and has handicap parking available. All parking is first-come, first-served. Any additional parking questions regarding the Freeman Coliseum should be directed to Melissa Franco, Office of Student Affairs. Please visit: Moye Hall 103, call 210-431-3954, or email studentaffairs@ollusa.edu.

Guests

Doors to the Freeman Coliseum open at 3 p.m. on Dec. 9. All family, friends, and guests are required to use the main front entrance of the Freeman Coliseum and will not be allowed through the rear ramp entrance. Guest are encouraged to arrive at the Freeman Coliseum by 4:30 p.m. 

All guests seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, unless otherwise indicated or marked by OLLU and Freeman Coliseum Staff. Guests with disabilities or who require special accommodations due to but not limited to wheelchairs, walkers and crutches can request assistance from ushers upon entering the Freeman Coliseum. Accommodations are located in sections 105, 107, 125, and 127. (Please Note: OLLU and the Freeman Coliseum do not provide wheelchairs.) Seating during the procession or commencement address will not be allowed. If you have any other questions or concerns regarding seating or assistance, please contact Liz Longoria, Director of Campus and Community Engagement, at 210-431-4026.

 

 

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