Texas Woman’s University 2020 commencement ceremonies at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) and Heavy Construction Systems Specialists (HCSS) in Sugar Land drew lots of smiles from graduates and their families.
More than 1,700 graduates from May, August and December participated in the only in-person ceremonies conducted this year. Ceremonies at both sites were conducted as drive-thru events in order to maintain social distancing and reduce the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
The TMS ceremony, which included graduates from the Denton and Dallas campuses, took place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-12. The College of Arts & Sciences ceremony planned for Friday morning was moved to Saturday afternoon due to the threat of rain, but no one seemed to mind.
Students rode around the track in vehicles with their family members and exited the vehicle at the finish line in order to receive their degrees. The event was broadcast on the TMS Big Hoss TV, the world’s largest outdoor HD screen.
Participants in the Houston ceremony were sheltered from the rain in the HCSS parking garage. Graduates could bring two vehicles of family and friends, though only the graduate was allowed to exit the vehicle to receive their diploma and pose for professional photos.
Doctoral graduates at all TWU ceremonies were allowed to be hooded by one family member or friend.
Visit the Commencement 2020 website for more information on the ceremonies. Also check out photos from the ceremonies and view the livestream. Click the top right corner of the livestream player to access links to the ceremonies.