Heartfelt hugs, rousing cheers, inspiring speeches, happy tears …
Capturing the tide of emotions during graduation festivities on the hilltop is a tall order for a short story. We’ll let these photos speak for the joy, pride and memories of a milestone that was a lifetime in the making.
Family, friends, faculty and staff joined pre-graduation day events on campus to celebrate stoling ceremonies for our Black, Latinx, LGBTQ, CAMP and Veteran students.
On the eve of Commencement, close to 500 students gathered for the Hilltop Send-off. This cherished tradition features the Legacy Walk around the university seal and the Red Doors Revelry in which graduates exit the doors of Main Building, symbolizing the completion of their St. Edward’s experience and entry into our alumni community.
For faculty and graduates, Commencement day began with a flurry of behind-the-scenes preparations, last-minute visits and live music accompanying their procession into the Frank Erwin Center auditorium.
Commencement speaker Christopher Washburne, renowned educator and jazz musician at Columbia University, and Jennifer Dennington, Class of 2019 Valedictorian, shared powerful and inspirational words with the St. Edward’s community.
To the applause and cheers of mentors, friends and loved ones, nearly 1,000 bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients walked the stage during the St. Edward’s University 133rd Commencement Ceremony.
Congratulations to our graduates! You make us proud. As you begin life beyond the hilltop, remember the advice of Valedictorian Jennifer Dennington: “St. Edward’s wants us to take on our world, and we’ve already started! Let’s continue being courageous risk-takers and keep doing the work we’ve begun.”
Photography by Chelsea Purgahn