UIW’s spring undergraduate commencement was held in the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum.

The Spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at the University of the Incarnate Word not only conferred degrees to graduates, but also bestowed a Doctor of Humane Letters to two commendable couples and recognized a group of graduating nurses from CHRISTUS Muguerza Hospitals in Mexico.

The Friday evening commencement, held May 4 in the McDermott Convocation Center, honored graduates of the university’s master’s and Ph.D. programs and UIW’s Feik School of Pharmacy.

In addition, 19 nurses, all in leadership positions at CHRISTUS Muguerza hospitals, traveled to San Antonio to graduate with their Master of Science in Nursing from UIW’s Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing. CHRISTUS Muguerza is a group of several hospitals sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Monterrey and elsewhere in Mexico. In 2005, CHRISTUS Muguerza and UIW partnered to offer the MSN program to these students.

UIW also conferred a Doctor of Humane Letters on two couples, Betty and Lt. Col. Robert Earl Kelso and Peggy and A.J. “Jack” Lewis Jr. Both couples are longtime friends of the university and are very active in the community. The Kelso’s and the Lewis’ have donated their time, talent and have made generous gifts to the university allowing UIW to better serve the needs of students.

UIW’s 424 undergraduates celebrated their graduation day on Sunday, May 6 at UIW’s first off-campus commencement at the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum.