Get Ready for Graduation

It is hard to believe that another year has breezed by and NVC’s commencement ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Freeman Coliseum.

This is a formal occasion where we have the opportunity to celebrate our students’ success and completion of their certificates and degrees earned at Northwest Vista College. While graduation may be the conclusion of a student’s studies at NVC, commencement may serve as a bridge to transferring to a university or beginning a career. We will want to congratulate them on their achievements and wish them good luck in the future. I hope that you will choose to join your fellow faculty and staff on this special night in this celebration. Let me provide you with a few reasons why you will want to come.

The bonds you created with your students should not end with the May 15th commencement ceremony, many will last a lifetime. Participating in the graduation of a student with whom you have bonded makes the ceremony that much more special for them. One of our NVC alumni recently said that seeing her favorite faculty at graduation was “exciting” and made her feel special because some of her instructors were like her second parents.

Each year we try to improve graduation and this year we have revised and added many improvements to the commencement ceremony. To name a few, we will have two lines of students on stage to help maintain the length of the ceremony as more and more of our graduates choose to participate. We are also going to incorporate a little Spurs style since we are next to the AT&T Center. After the ceremony, there will be a purple and silver balloon drop. Family and friends will also be able to see their graduates on a large screen as they enter the coliseum.

Graduates will be grouped by degree program and enter behind a beautiful purple and white vertical banner (gonfalon) with the name of the degree (Associate of Arts; Associate of Science; Associate of Arts in Teaching or Associate of Applied Science) and the college seal displayed at the ceremony. Finally, our guest speaker will be District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez, who has been a long-time advocate of education and supporter of NVC.

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