SWTJC to stage 'virtual commencement' in July

Course instruction will be offered via online modes of instruction for the Summer I Session. For the safety of our students and community, the May 2020 Graduation Ceremonies will be provided in a virtual format via YouTube on Saturday, July 11th. Visit our COVID-19 FAQs page for more information. SWTJC will observe summer hours beginning Monday, June 1st through Friday, July 31st. Office hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The current work from home environment is still in place unless instructed otherwise.

SWTJC to stage 'virtual commencement' in July

Uvalde, TX, May 11, 2020 – Southwest Texas Junior College President, Dr. Hector Gonzales, announced a virtual commencement ceremony would take place on July 11 during a Facebook Live virtual town hall on Thursday (May 7).

Students who submitted graduation applications for May 2020 and declared “Yes” to participating in the ceremony have been sent a notice to their college email.

According to the college registrar, Steve Martinez, “the ‘SWTJC Virtual Graduation Ceremony’ notice will be sent to the student’s college email.

The email will contain a link where students can provide the following information: college identification number, first and last name, college email, quote, and photo. The deadline to submit information online is June 1 at 6 p.m.

The college bookstore can be contacted at or (830) 591-7270.

Martinez recommends students communicate with the campus bookstore regarding ordering and picking up caps and gowns.

Graduates are encouraged to submit a photo wearing the graduation ceremony regalia.

The schedule of the virtual ceremonies is Dual Credit & Early College High School; 11 a.m., Health Sciences; 1:30 p.m., Business, Industrial, & Technical Studies; 3:30 p.m., Public Safety & Human Services; 5:30 p.m., and Arts, Humanities, Communications & STEM; 7:30 p.m.

The first ceremony will be exclusively for dual credit and early college high school students for all programs, regardless of academic or technical.

Students participating in the remaining ceremonies are college-level (non-high school students).

All virtual ceremonies will be hosted on YouTube, and SWTJC will publish the direct link on before July 11. Upon completion of each virtual ceremony, they will be archived and remain on YouTube for future viewing.

All diplomas for eligible graduates will be mailed starting in the last week of June.