Class of 2023

Saturday, May 13, 2022
1:30 p.m.
Alumni Athletics and Convocation Center, Bill Greehey Arena

  • Check-In Information

    • Check in at noon in the Quad.
    • Academic Procession begins in the Quad.
    • In the case of inclement weather, check in will occur in the Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center, Auxiliary Gym.
    • Wear your cap and gown (University) and tam and hood (Law).
    • Bachelor’s students, don’t forget your St. Mary’s University sash.
    • Master’s students, wear your hoods.
  • Important Reminders

    • Only approved cords and sashes may be worn. 
    • Caps (University) or tams (Law) may not be decorated for the ceremony.
    • Wear sensible shoes; you’ll be walking across campus and to the arena.
    • Don’t bring guests with you — they should go to the arena to be seated. The procession will be televised inside the arena.
    • Leave personal belongings at home or with your family.
    • Wear comfortable shoes!

Commencement Speaker

Andrea M. Garza (M.A./M.A. ’09) is president and CEO of JDG Associates, Inc., a small consulting firm providing equal employment opportunity (EEO) and civil rights support to the federal government. Garza joined JDG Associates in 2001 and, in 2010, acquired a small share of the company.

Over the years, JDG Associates has expanded to provide not only EEO support services but also fraud, waste and abuse investigations; diversity training; conference planning; and other human resource support services. In 2015, she was named the senior vice president and purchased the company later that year when JDG’s founders, John and Donna Gonzalez, retired. Since then, she has refocused JDG’s efforts exclusively on EEO support services and JDG is recognized as one of the leading small businesses in this field.

Garza currently serves on the board of the Tuesday Musical Club. She is also a member of the Junior Tuesday Musical Club, which is dedicated to giving young people an appreciation of fine music and encourages the study and performance of music. She has served on the board of her neighborhood association for more than eight years, serving in officer, board and committee positions. She is currently serving as president of her neighborhood association. Garza is a member of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council at St. Mary’s University.

Garza graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She received two Master of Arts degrees in Political Science and International Relations from St. Mary’s.

  • Baccalaureate Mass

    Graduating students of all faiths are invited to attend Baccalaureate Mass. The Rev. John Thompson, S.M., Ed.D., Vice President for Mission at St. Mary’s University, will celebrate the Mass. Afterwards, graduates and their guests are invited to a wine and cheese reception.

    Friday, Dec. 9, 2022
    5:30 p.m.

  • Ceremony COVID-19 Information

    The University will continue to monitor CDC guidance for gathering safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    If government guidelines for COVID-19 change, the University may implement alternative plans for graduation celebrations, which may include cancellation of in-person events.

  • School of Law

    The University’s Fall 2022 Commencement Ceremony will include the School of Law. For a schedule of deadlines leading up to the ceremony, view the Fall 2022 Event Sheet on Gateway.

Commencement Tickets

Due to limited seating in the Bill Greehey Arena, commencement tickets are required for admission. Each graduating student approved in the Fall Commencement will receive an email for the number of tickets they will receive.

Only for the Spring semesters to accommodate additional guests, overflow seating will be available in the University Center, Conference Room A, where guests will view a live broadcast of the ceremony. No tickets are required to enter the University Center. Immediately following the ceremony, all guests will reunite with the graduates outside the Arena.

For guests unable to attend, please note that the commencement ceremony will be livestreamed on our website. Visit the livestream page to check technical requirements or to watch the ceremony.

Children age 3 and under do not need tickets provided they can sit upon an adult’s lap for the duration of the ceremony.

Information on registering for the allotted commencement tickets will be provided to graduates in a few weeks. Graduates should stay tuned to their St. Mary’s email account.

  • Parking

    Commencement guests can park in the following lots:

Wheelchair Accommodations

A few sections for guests in wheelchairs are available along the second level of Bill Greehey Arena. For individuals who plan to sit in this section, they will be allowed one person to remain with them in the area. Due to limited seats, seating in these sections is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Español

    Ceremonia de graduación para la Clase de 2022
    Sábado, 10 de diciembre de 2022
    1:30 p.m.
    Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center
    Bill Greehey Arena

    Estudiantes deben de reportarse a las 12:00 p.m. en el Quad donde comenzará la procesión académica.

    Invitados pueden ir directamente a Bill Greehey Arena.

    Misa de Graduación

    Todos los graduados, sin importar su origen religioso, están invitados a participar de la Misa de Graduación. El Rev. John Thompson, S.M., Ed.D., vice presidente de la Oficina de Misión de St. Mary’s University, celebrará la Misa.

    Viernes, 9 de diciembre de 2022

    5:30 p.m.
    Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center
    Bill Greehey Arena


    Invitados se pueden estacionar en los siguientes lotes:

    Boletos para Graduación

    La información sobre la distribución de los boletos para la graduación se anunciará a los estudiantes. Boletos son necesarios para entrar a la graduación. La graduación también será transmitida por nuestra pagina de la web.

Fall 2022 Ceremony Information

Photos from the Fall 2022 Commencement Ceremony

Fall 2022 Commencement Ceremony


For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at

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