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Spring 2017 Commencement

Baccalaureate Mass

5:30 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2017
Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center
Bill Greehey Arena

Commencement Ceremony

1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 13, 2017
Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center
Bill Greehey Arena

Commencement Speaker

Stuart Parker
President and CEO, USAA
Stuart Parker (M.B.A. ’95) is chief executive officer of USAA, one of America’s leading financial services companies. The association has been serving military families since 1922 and has become known for its exceptional service, offering its nearly 11 million members a comprehensive range of insurance, banking, investment products, financial advice and planning, and services designed to help them meet their financial needs. Headquartered in San Antonio, with offices throughout the United States and Europe, USAA owns or manages assets of $213 billion.

After joining USAA in 1998, Parker led the development of USAA’s financial planning practice and served as president of Financial Planning Services from 2004 to 2007. For the next five years, he led USAA’s Property and Casualty Insurance Group, frequently recognized as the nation’s leading insurer for customer service and advocacy. As chief financial officer from 2012 to 2014, he led an enterprise team focused on the continued growth of USAA’s financial strength.

He was named to the newly created post of chief operating officer in May 2014 and became CEO-elect in August 2014.

Before his civilian career, Parker served in the Air Force for nearly 10 years and flew combat missions during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He entered the EURO-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls. Upon receiving his wings, he was selected as an instructor pilot in the T-38 Talon and became a Wing Flight Examiner. He went on to fly the C-141 Starlifter as an instructor aircraft commander at Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina. His final assignment was at the T-38 Pilot Instructor Training School in San Antonio, where he held various staff positions at the Air Training Command’s headquarters.

Parker graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Valdosta State University in Georgia, where he was a distinguished graduate from the Air Force ROTC program. He later earned an MBA in Finance from St. Mary’s University and earned the Certified Financial Planner designation. He serves on the board of directors of FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial and industrial property insurers. He is a lifetime member of the Air Force Association, Air Force Sergeants Association, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Military Officers Association of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars. His wife, Veronica, is a former Air Force nurse, and they have one daughter.

Future Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement dates

The following dates have been approved by Academic Council. Please check periodically for updates.

Semester Baccalaureate Mass Commencement
Spring 2017 May 12, 2017 May 13, 2017
Fall 2017 Dec. 8, 2017 Dec. 9, 2017

St. Mary’s University does not hold a summer commencement ceremony. All summer graduates are invited to participate in the fall ceremony in December.

Learn about sashes and honor cords policy

Commencement Tickets

Seating in the Bill Greehey Arena is limited and tickets are required for Commencement. Commencement tickets will be limited and the number of tickets per graduate is depends on the total number of graduation candidates. The larger the graduating class, the fewer tickets distributed. Therefore, it is critical that you submit your Application for Degree. We encourage students to apply to graduate by the deadline to ensure that you will be eligible to receive the maximum allotment of tickets. We cannot guarantee tickets for applications received after the deadline. If you applied for graduation for a previous term and did not graduate, then you must reapply.

We understand that you may have concerns with the number of tickets available for each graduate. For May Commencement, to help you plan for this event and to accommodate additional guests, overflow seating for those without tickets will in the University Center Conference Room A, where they may view a live broadcast of Commencement. Overflow seating is not available for December Commencement due to a smaller graduating class. Please note that the University Center will be open with more than 400 extra seats. No tickets are required and light refreshments will be served. Additionally, a kids’ movie room in Conference Room C will be available for the younger guests. Immediately following the ceremony, all guests of the Bill Greehey Arena and the University Center will reunite with the graduates outside the arena. For guests unable to attend the ceremony, please note that ceremony will be live streamed on our website.

Ticket Distribution

Ticket distribution date is to be announced and will be distributed in the Office of the Registrar, St. Louis Hall, Room 104. All degree requirements will be confirmed and the final list of graduates will be posted at noon at Be sure to check your e-mail frequently for updates. Lost, misplaced or stolen tickets will not be replaced.

A valid St. Mary’s University ID is required to pick up your tickets. Children age 3 and under do not need tickets provided they can sit upon an adult’s lap for the duration of the ceremony.

Please note that tickets are not required for Baccalaureate Mass.

Photos and Video

Group Photo
A group photograph will be taken of all summer and fall graduates. Photo packages include one 10 x 24-inch laminated panoramic, one 5 x 8-inch miniature photo and one fun photo.

Goldbeck Co.
4407 Centergate
San Antonio, Texas 78217
Toll-free: 800-656-9289
Fax: 210-656-1461

Individual Photo
Graduates will be photographed twice during commencement.  Photo 1 will be taken as each student crosses the stage to receive his/her diploma from President Mengler. In photo 2, the student is allowed a quick pose holding his/her diploma cover after crossing the stage.

Flash Photograph will email complimentary proofs to graduates within one week of the ceremony–please contact them at 210-443-9393 or visit them on the web with any photography questions and orders.

Commencement Video
St. Mary’s University will offer live video streaming of Commencement, but in case you miss it, a recording will be available via St. Mary’s Kaltura Mediaspace and YouTube about a week after the event.

Guests with disabilities

For guests with disabilities (hearing impairment, vision impairment or mobility impairment) attending Commencement and needing assistance or special accommodations should contact the Office of the Registrar at least two weeks prior. A few sections solely for guests in wheelchairs are available along the second level of the Bill Greehey Arena. For individuals who plan to sit in this section, they will be allowed one family member to remain with them in the area.

Note: Due to limited seating, this section accommodates requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

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