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Fiesta celebrates graduation

Published: Monday, February 27, 2012

Updated: Monday, February 27, 2012 19:02

Architecture sophomore Patricia Sanchez by Riley Stephens

Riley Stephens

Architecture sophomore Patricia Sanchez asks Josten’s sales representative Barbara Mullen if her high school ring can be exchanged for a college ring during a graduation event Tuesday in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. She learned she would have to buy a new one.

The college's Graduation Committee established Graduation Fiesta as a way to provide information on the procedures for graduating. The event was offered last week in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.

"Not many students showed up," said Dr. Jessica Howard, vice president of student affairs.

March 9 is the deadline for a student to apply for spring graduation. Commencement will be at 10 a.m. May 12 at Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston. Any student missing the March 9 deadline will have to wait until next spring to walk the stage.

The ceremony is also open to students who graduated in December. Those who plan to graduate in the summer may also apply to participate in the ceremony.

Students who did attend the fiesta also learned what steps they need to take to earn an associate degree.

"A lot of students don't know that you have to start the process by going online and submitting an application," said Joe Jacques, assistant director of admissions. "Other students don't know that that's not the last part of the process: That's just the beginning."

"As a result of what we did in the spring last year, we had a record number of graduates. The fall this year continued that momentum," Jacques said. "We awarded over 770 diplomas in the fall for graduates, and we're hoping that momentum is only going to continue. And this, we hope will help to keep that going."

Representatives in attendance were from St. Mary's University, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Our Lady of the Lake, University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of the Incarnate Word. They explained the steps necessary to transfer to their respective institutions.

"We have information about admissions, financial aid and scholarship opportunities," said Cheryl Hollenshead, associate director of undergraduate admission at St. Mary's University.

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