Congratulations Class of 2023!

St. Edward’s is excited to honor our Undergraduate and Graduate degree recipients with special in-person festivities occurring on campus.

*Please refer to our Commencement Day Guide for additional details about arrival, parking and venue instructions. You can also find the link to the live-streamed ceremony here and digital program.

Weather Update

The heat index on Saturday will likely be in the 90s during the ceremony. There will be water available throughout campus and guests can cool off in campus buildings (like Ragsdale Center, Holy Cross Hall, and Trustee Hall) before, during and after the ceremony. Carter Auditorium will also serve as a conditioned space where you can watch the live stream!

We invite you to campus for a day of celebration on May 6, 2023:

  • Baccalaureate Mass: 10:00 a.m. (Recreation and Athletic Center) 
    Students: Meet in your gown only (no cap and no hood) at the UFCU Alumni Gym by 9:45 a.m.
  • Student Arrival: Noon (Please arrive in the Mabee Ballrooms no later than 1:00 p.m.)
  • Ceremony: 2:00 p.m. (Lewis-Chen Family Soccer Field)
    Additional details related to logistics can be found in the FAQs below, which will continuously be updated as information becomes available.
  • Legacy Walk & Red Door Revelry: Immediately following ceremony 
  • South Congress Market will be open 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Jo’s Coffee Shop 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Campus Bookstore 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Graduation Practice

On Thursday, May 4th we will host two Graduation Practices on campus in Jones Auditorium:

  • 3:30 p.m. practice for graduates from the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Bill Munday School of Business
  • 4:15 p.m. practice for the School of Arts and Humanities and School of Natural Sciences.

Both practice sessions will cover the same information and are only split to ensure that we have enough space for all graduates to attend. If you cannot make the practice for your school of study, it is perfectly fine to attend the session for the other schools. Graduation Practice will cover the information listed in the Commencement Day Guideand answer any questions that you may have. You do not need to bring your regalia to Graduation Practice. Attending Graduation Practice is not mandatory, but strongly encouraged.

Commencement FAQs

May 2023 Commencement Speaker

We are excited to announce the 2023 commencement speaker will be newly elected mayor, Kirk Watson. For three decades, Watson has been immersed in public policy, spanning local and state government in Texas. He served in the Texas Senate for over 13 years, leading on a wide range of issues and serving as a member and vice-chair of multiple standing and special committees. 

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