This story has been updated.
Texas Woman’s University will host an in-person commencement event for 2020 graduates, though it will look different than a traditional ceremony, according to an announcement on TWU’s Facebook page Monday afternoon.
May, August and December graduates will receive invitations in the coming weeks for the reimagined events, where graduates and guests will exit their vehicles in regalia to receive diploma covers and have their pictures taken, according to the announcement. Ceremonies will be held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth for graduates of the Denton and Dallas campuses after classes end in December. The Houston location has yet to be finalized.
“These events will not be our traditional ceremonies, but rather something special at off-campus venues,” the announcement reads. “This option allows graduates to be safely recognized with loved ones while maintaining the health and safety practices that are so important at this time.”
The logistics of the events are still being determined, but administrators will release more details in the coming weeks, university spokesperson Matt Flores said.
“I think getting a count on the number of graduation candidates will dictate, to some degree, how the event will go and how the procession will be organized,” Flores said.
Administrators made the decision to host the graduation celebrations and allow graduates from the spring and summer semesters to attend after receiving feedback from past and upcoming graduates, Flores said.
“Our students have indicated they would like to have some kind of an-person event that allows their families to participate,” Flores said. “Keeping in mind that we still have a pandemic that’s going and there are safety issues around this, we came up with this idea.”
The events will also be live-streamed for those who cannot attend, according to the announcement.