UHV hosts in-person commencement ceremony

There are a total of three different ceremonies, all to celebrate the 2020, and 2021 UHV graduates

VICTORIA, Texas – When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, large gatherings, like graduation ceremonies, came to a halt. Now with readily available vaccines throughout the country, we are starting to see life get back to a new normal, with The University of Houston-Victoria hosting an in-person commencement ceremony today.

Today’s commencement ceremony was one of three, held for UHV graduates who were unable to walk the stage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Spring and fall of 2020, and spring of 2021 UHV graduates were finally able to celebrate earning their degrees.

Yves Roland Veh is from the Ivory Coast and was eager to attend today’s ceremony after his first graduation was put on hold due to Covid. “I mean I was sad obviously, cause everybody likes to enjoy and celebrate their success, and when I heard about the Covid, and the restriction and all that we were all really sad. Hopefully, we have it now and everything is perfect”, said Veh.

Graduation is a milestone of academic achievement, and for first-generation graduates, walking across the stage is not only important to them, but for their loved ones, like Marcus Ricondo. “I’m the first one to graduate in my family, so I know they’re extremely excited to see me graduate,” said Ricondo.

The in-person event was held at Faith Family Church here in Victoria, with no mask requirements, however, unvaccinated guests were encouraged to wear a mask. The seating was also socially distanced between rows to limit contact.