UTSA finalizes Spring 2022 commencement plans; students express excitement about graduating


Madison Peters, Staff Writer

On May 14, UTSA will be holding the Spring 2022 Commencement for the ninth year in a row. The first ceremony will occur at 10 a.m. for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and College for Health, Community and Policy. The second ceremony will be at 4 p.m. for the Alvarez College of Business, College of Education and Human Development and the Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design. 

The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be in the H-E-B Student Union Ballroom on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. UTSA will also have a Commencement Drive on Friday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m. on the UTSA Main Campus. 

Regarding COVID-19, UTSA is currently following CDC guidelines for graduation and other events. According to the Commencement Committee, there is no longer a limit on the number of guests allowed to attend, except for the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, which is limited to four guests per graduate.

With graduation quickly approaching, seniors expressed excitement and a feeling of accomplishment about finishing their degree while living through COVID-19.

Teri Gonzalez, who is majoring in politics and law and receiving her certificate in legal studies, plans on getting a job as a paralegal or legal assistant after graduation. Lopez explained how she is feeling about graduation coming up.

 “I’m feeling a lot of pride,” Gonzalez said.  “I decided to finish my degree during the fall of the beginning of the pandemic, and coming to the finish line of something that I truly thought would never do is monumental for me.”

Julianna Langskov, a biology major and vice president of the women’s student organization Rosies, expanded on her thoughts regarding graduation and what she plans on doing after her college career.

 “I am excited about graduation! It cannot come soon enough,” Langskov said. Like many other seniors, as the semester is wrapping up, she explains she is “having major senioritis these last few weeks.” After graduation, Langskov plans on attending Naturopathic Medical School. 

Marisa Lopez first got her bachelor’s in Professional and Technical Writing and returned to UTSA for her second bachelors in politics and law. Lopez is also a member of Kappa Delta Chi and Rosies. After college, Lopez will be taking a gap year to focus on studying for the LSAT and applying to law school. 

Lopez was asked how she felt about graduation approaching. “I am nervous, but mostly excited,” Lopez said. Expanding on how she felt about receiving her degree during the pandemic, Lopez continued, “I am sad I didn’t get more time to enjoy with my new friends I made this year since coming out of virtual courses, but I am thankful for the memories we did make.”