Congratulations Class of 2021!

Soon, you’ll cross the finish line of your college career. Despite the many difficult and unpredictable conditions in the final miles, you’ve made it! Congratulations, soon-to-be St. Edward’s University graduates and alumni! During commencement in May, we look forward to celebrating your hard work and accomplishments throughout your time on the hilltop, and cheering you on to a fulfilling future.

The St. Edward’s Commencement Committee is busy finalizing all details of our virtual and in-person graduation events in May for the Class of 2021 (graduates from Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021). The following information provides an overview of the events and will be updated as commencement plans are confirmed. Please visit this page frequently to see the latest information.

Class of 2021 Commencement Plans: Undergraduate, Graduate, Adult & Continuing Studies, New College

Class of 2021 Virtual Commencement: May 8

A virtual commencement will be held for the Class of 2021 that will be available to all students on May 8, 2021, and will remain available online until June 2022. The virtual commencement will feature our full commencement program, including an address from our valedictorians and commencement speaker, as well as recognition of all our graduates. 

Sr Norma Long

Sister Norma Pimentel, MJ

Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley


Geoffrey Joseph Arroyo ’21

Valedictorian, Bachelor of Arts
Summa Cum Laude

Bailey Galicia

Bailey Conner Galicia ’21

Valedictorian, Bachelor of Arts
Summa Cum Laude

kris sloan

kris sloan, PhD

Professor of Education,
Graduate and Professional Studies

Jennifer Rigney Negrete

Jennifer Rigney Negrete DMA ’21

Master of Science in Digital Marketing and Analytics

Class of 2021 On-Campus, In-Person Commencement: May 10–12

In addition to the virtual commencement, we are providing an optional on-campus, in-person commencement experience for the Class of 2021 that includes the opportunity for graduates to walk across the stage and participate in a modified Legacy Walk. This optional in-person commencement experience will be organized by each academic school and take place May 10–12, 2021, on the hilltop.

On-Campus, In-Person Commencement Dates and Timeframes by Academic School/Program


Review the confirmed list of graduates who have successfully registered for the in-person commencement experience. If you believe you have registered but your name is not on this list, please email

On-Campus Guests and Safety Guidelines:

Graduates may invite up to four family or friends to the on-campus commencement celebration. We understand that many families would like to include more people for this important day in their graduate’s life. Per our medical team’s guidance, four guests per graduate allows the university to balance the risks to public health while also acknowledging the importance of having family members present for this special moment. Our in-person graduate experience will comply with all university health and safety guidelines, including the required use of face coverings and physical distancing between different family groups. 


Preguntas Frecuentes