OLLU to hold commencement exercises this week

More than 300 students will be graduating this week when OLLU holds commencement exercises on Dec. 9.

The following is the commencement schedule:

9 a.m.
Veterans Graduation Ceremony
Chapel Auditorium
Graduates who are veterans are invited to this special ceremony where they will receive a challenge coin from President Diane Melby.

10 a.m.
Ring Blessing Ceremony
Sacred Heart Chapel
All graduates are invited to attend to have their graduation rings or other jewelry blessed.

10:30 a.m.
Alumni and Family Meet and Greet for graduates and their guests
Mall Area
Graduates and guests are invited to enjoy refreshments.

11:30 a.m.
Graduation Liturgy Line-Up
Chapel Auditorium
Graduates will line up in preparation for the Graduation Liturgy.

Graduation Liturgy
Sacred Heart Chapel
Graduates and guests are invited to Mass. Bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates will don their hoods during the service. Doctoral candidates will be hooded during commencement.

5 p.m.
Commencement Exercise
Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum
3201 East Houston St. San Antonio, Texas 78219 

Marcella Ochoa, a Los Angeles-based writer, director, and producer, will serve as the commencement speaker. A San Antonio native, Ochoa is using her success to help change the narrative of how the Latino community is portrayed in Hollywood.

Ochoa has worked in the entertainment industry for 16 years in marketing, production, and as a filmmaker. She started her career in the International Publicity Department for Sony Pictures Entertainment. She worked on the marketing campaigns for major studio films, such as Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Spider Man 3, 2012, and the Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, among many others. She traveled the world, working with prestigious filmmakers, including Ron Howard, and A-list actors ranging from Tom Hanks to Will Smith.

She now has her own production company to develop film and TV projects. She co-wrote a supernatural thriller Discarnate that was released on Amazon and On Demand in 2019.  She wrote, directed, and produced a short film on the true story of Americanization of Mexican Americans in 1950’s Texas called My Name is Maria de Jesus. The award-winning short premiered on HBO Latino in 2019, and she did a national university speaking tour where she screened her film and spoke to the Latino students on campus.