Class of 2023

Saturday, December 9, 2023
1:30 p.m.
Alumni Athletics and Convocation Center, Bill Greehey Arena

St. Mary’s University and School of Law Fall 2023 Ceremony Information

  • 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
      • Bachelor’s students, don’t forget your St. Mary’s University sash.
      • Master’s students, wear your hoods.
  • Important Reminders

    • This ceremony will combine St. Mary’s University and School of Law into one event.
    • Only approved cords and sashes may be worn. 
    • Caps 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.

Fall 2023 Commencement Speaker: Sister Norma Pimentel

Sister Norma Pimentel is with the Missionaries of Jesus. As Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, she oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville, providing oversight of the different ministries and services in the areas of the Rio Grande Valley.

In recognition of her advocacy for migrants and humanitarian work along the US-Mexico border, Pimentel has received the Catholic Charities USA Martin Luther King, Jr. Keep the Dream Alive Award, Rio Grande Valley’s Citizen of the Year, Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020 and is the recipient of the University of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal, which is among the highest honors for an American Catholic.

She has testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the State of Civil Rights in Immigration Detention Facilities and spoke on Women Upholding Human Dignity at the United Nations. Pimentel earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Pan American University, a master’s degree in Theology from St. Mary’s University and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University.

Commencement Speaker

Commencement Tickets

Due to limited seating in the Bill Greehey Arena, commencement tickets are required for admission. Each graduating student approved in the Spring 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.

Each graduating student approved for Commencement will receive an email for the number of tickets they will receive.

  • Parking

    Commencement guests can park in the following lots:

Tickets and parking

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.

Wheelchair Accommodations

Ceremonia de graduación para la Clase de 2023

Sábado, 9 de dicimebre de 2023
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, 8 de diciembre de 2023

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.

  • 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, December 8, 2023
    5:30 p.m.

    RSVP link to come.

  • School of Law Commencement

    The St. Mary’s School of Law Fall 2023 Commencement Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the St. Mary’s University ceremony on Saturday, December 9, 2023.

Photos from the Spring 2023 Commencement Ceremony

2023 Spring Commencement Ceremony


For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at

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