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Graduation Information

2021 Fall Commencement

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021
5 p.m. 
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Graduation Fair

The Graduation Fair provides graduating students the opportunity to prepare for graduation and commencement to make the graduation process more convenient. Students who will be graduating at the end of the term are encouraged to attend. 

San Antonio Campus
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021
11 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
Mall Area


Rio Grande Valley Campus
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021
3 - 8 p.m.
Room 117 

Houston Campus
Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021
1 - 6 p.m.
Commons Area 

Regalia (cap and gown), Class Ring and Graduation Announcements

OLLU is in partnership with Jostens, Inc. to assist you in celebrating your academic success. Please review the graduation items with deadline dates below. If you have any questions, contact Jostens, Inc. directly by phone: 800-854-7464.

Order Deadlines

Regalia (cap and gown are required): Oct. 24 by 5 p.m.  

OLLU Class Rings: Oct. 15 by 5 p.m.
Order by this deadline date to receive by commencement; all rings will be mailed.

Graduation Announcements: Three week turn around period after your order is completed.

Order Your Graduation Package

Place your order online by clicking the following links that are associated with your campus location: 

Commencement Events

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

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

Time Event
9 a.m.

Veterans Graduation Ceremony
Location: OLLU Mall Area
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 Chapel Auditorium
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.  


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: 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 

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


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.