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Roadrunner’s guide to graduation

Lauren Stein

With graduation around the corner, many Roadrunners are anticipating walking the stage and receiving their diploma. This week, UTSA will hold Grad Fest — an event designed to help Roadrunners complete all the necessary steps of the graduation process. Below is a compiled list of additional resources for graduating Roadrunners. 

Grad Fest 

Grad Fest is an event offered by UTSA that helps prepare prospective graduates for their upcoming commencement. Attendees can learn more about ordering their regalia (cap & gown), consult with representatives from the UTSA Career Center and discuss loan repayment options with UTSA Financial Services. Grad Fest also offers opportunities to learn about attending graduate school and information about joining the UTSA Alumni Association. 

Important dates 

Grad Fest 

Main Campus: March 4 and March 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the H-E-B Student Union, room 1.100B. 

Downtown Campus: March 4 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Durango Building, room 1.124. 


Spring 2024 Commencement will take place on May 17 in the Alamodome. Ceremony 1 (College of Education and Human Development, College for Health, Community and Policy, College of Sciences and University College) will be held at 10 a.m. Ceremony 2 (Alvarez College of Business, College of Liberal and Fine Arts and Kleese College of Engineering and Integrated Design) will be held at 4:30 p.m.

Graduation checklist 

To help Roadrunners prepare for their upcoming graduation, UTSA One Stop has compiled a graduation checklist of necessary steps students must take before they walk the stage. The checklist includes important information about confirming graduation eligibility with academic advisors, applying for graduation and verifying the diploma address. 

According to UTSA One Stop, to apply for graduation, Roadrunners must have completed at least 80% of the required credits for their degree. The application process can be started up to a year before the expected graduation semester. Roadrunners cannot graduate without completing the graduation application before its assigned deadline. 

Additionally, graduates should ensure that the diploma address and name are correct in their MyUTSA account to ensure that the information printed on their diploma is correct and the diploma is sent to the right address. More information regarding verifying this information can be found on UTSA One Stop Enrollment’s website. 

Cap & gown

One of the most important aspects of any graduation is the attire. Roadrunners can order their cap and gown during the Grad Fest event through Herff Jones — the designated regalia vendor of UTSA. Any orders placed in person during Grad Fest will be sent to the Rowdy Campus Bookstore for pickup. If graduates cannot attend one of the Grad Fest events, caps and gowns can also be purchased directly from the Herff Jones website until April 3. The online orders will be mailed directly to the student’s address. Additionally, caps and gowns will be sold at the Rowdy Campus Bookstore starting May 3.

Once commencement has passed, recent Roadrunner graduates can donate their regalia to the UTSA Whataburger Resource Room to be used in the Grad Gown Lending Program. 

Career Center resources

Roadrunners expecting to enter the workforce after graduation have a variety of developmental resources available to them through the UTSA Career Center. The Career Center offers various services to help Roadrunners develop marketable skills, establish their professional image and connect with prospective employers. More information about these resources can be found at UTSA’s University Career Center website

Graduation Help Desk 

For pressing issues regarding graduation, UTSA has also established the Graduation Help Desk to resolve any “roadblocks” that graduating Roadrunners may experience. Common issues the Graduation Help Desk may help address include unmet degree requirements, missing the graduation application deadline and taking courses not needed for graduation or duplicate courses.

Time until the Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony
Congrats graduates!
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Jake (He/Him) is a second-year political science major at UTSA. Originally from Austin, he plans to move anywhere but Texas after graduation. If he is not climbing out from under a mountain of homework, you can usually find him listening to podcasts, playing saxophone or being an avid napper. This is his third-semester writing for the Paisano and his second semester serving as the Opinion Editor. He is excited for many to come while he explores a possible career path in journalism.

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