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Turning their tassels from right to left, candidates transition from student to graduate.  File photo

Turning their tassels from right to left, candidates transition from student to graduate. File photo

Graduates should arrive two hours early; guest seating is first-come, first-serve.

By Karenna Reyna

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

As graduation approaches, all Alamo Colleges begin to prepare for this year’s commencement ceremonies. December, spring and summer candidates can participate in the May ceremonies.

All ceremonies but one are at the Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St. Northeast Lakeview College’s graduation will be at 7 p.m. May 14 at the wellness gym.

St. Philip’s College kicks off graduation month with its ceremony at 7 p.m. May 8. This college’s graduation is 10 a.m. May 9, Palo Alto College’s at 3 p.m. May 16 and Northwest Vista College’s at 7 p.m. May 18.

Tickets are not required for guests of the graduate. Seating is first-come, first-serve, and guests should arrive early. Doors will open one hour before start time.

For this college’s ceremony, graduates should arrive between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., said Joe Jacques, associate director of student services.

There is a parking fee for guests, but graduates will receive one parking pass. Parking at the Freeman Coliseum ranges from $7 to $15, according to the coliseum’s website.

Last year, around 1,050 graduates at this college participated in the ceremony, and there were about 10,500 guests, said Joe Jacques, associate director of student services.

Jacques expects both numbers to grow this year.

“It’s increasing over the last few years; we are expecting more than last year.” Jacques said.

This college’s commencement ceremony always includes a former student speaker and a well-known community member. Past years have included a police chief, an astronaut and professors who all have attended this college. Student services has not yet announced this year’s speaker.

Degrees should be posted in ACES 30 days after graduation, and diplomas will be mailed 60 days after graduation.

For more information, call the admissions office at 210-486-0200.

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