Posted: 5/13/21

TAMIU Hosts In-Person Commencement Ceremonies at Sames Arena


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A long-awaited opportunity for Texas A&M International University 2020 graduates and 2021 candidates for graduation  to celebrate their milestone accomplishments with in-person Commencement Ceremonies took place Friday and Saturday, May 14 - 15, 2021 at the  Sames Auto Arena.

Some 1,250  students, representing 28 countries participated in four ceremonies scheduled Friday at 4  and 7 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Candidates for graduation ranged from 78 years of age to 19.  Some 23 members of the combined Classes of 2020 and 2021  earned two degrees simultaneously.

TAMIU president Dr. Pablo Arenaz said the University offered graduates and candidates for graduation a Commencement experience respectful of social distancing, masking and gathering restrictions.  Students provided insight to the University through an online survey tool.

“We know this is the cornerstone of the University completion experience for all our graduates and their families.  With the advent of the COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020 graduates did not have this opportunity and so will join their fellow graduates in  Spring 2021 ceremonies. Student insight was pivotal to scheduling ceremonies respective of  event capacity.  We worked closely with City of Laredo officials and Sames Auto Arena management to develop an  approved plan focused on a  shared priority commitment to safety and wellness,” Dr. Arenaz said.

The ceremonies were livestreamed and divided among the University’s five Colleges and Schools:


The 4 p.m. Ceremony included 2021 candidates for undergraduate degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences.  Livestream link: https://go.tamiu.edu/grad-4pm

The 7 p.m. Ceremony included College of Arts and Sciences 2020 undergraduates and graduates, in addition to 2021 candidates for  graduate degrees.  The College of Arts and Sciences is TAMIU’s largest enrollment College. Livestream link: https://go.tamiu.edu/grad-7pm


The 10 a.m. Ceremony included College of Education and College of Nursing and Health Sciences candidates for graduation and 2020 undergraduates and graduates.  University College 2020 undergraduates joined them. Livestream link: https://go.tamiu.edu/grad-10am 

The 1 p.m. Ceremony included 2020 undergraduates and graduates from the A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business, joined by  2021 candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees. University College 2021 undergraduates joined them. Livestream link: https://go.tamiu.edu/grad-1pm

Graduates, friends, families and loved ones could share their Commencement photos on social media using the hashtag, #TAMIUGrad or tagging the University’s social media account @txamiu. Prior to and during the Commencement Ceremonies, University-affiliated social media accounts showcased social media posts and photos using the official hashtag.

Graduates and their families could also share a special message and photo as part of the University’s ‘Congrats Grads’ campaign. Individuals submitted their photos and messages at go.tamiu.edu/CongratsGrads. It is recommended that graduates and friends follow and like social media accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/txamiu), Twitter (www.twitter.com/txamiu) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/txamiu) to view  featured congratulatory Commencement posts. 

View our Congrats Grads photo album here.

Watch a special highlight reel here

Additional information is available from TAMIU’s dedicated Commencement website at: https://www.tamiu.edu/commencement/, or through the Office of the Registrar, registrar@tamiu.edu or 956.326.2250.

TAMIU’s Fall 2021 plans are focused on a return to a vibrant, on-campus experience for all students, faculty and staff for the 300-acre northeast Laredo campus. 

Registration for Summer sessions and Fall at TAMIU is currently underway.