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The campus of Texas A&M University-San Antonio on February 6, 2020.
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Update 4/06 — Trinity University officials announced commencement will be postponed until Saturday, Aug. 8. Degrees will be distributed in May.

The St. Mary's University campus on San Antonio's West Side in September 2018.
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Updated April 2 with information from UTSA. Originally published March 30.

Four San Antonio universities have joined the list of colleges across the country giving students the option to change the way they’re graded this semester.

The University of Texas at San Antonio, St. Mary’s University, Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Trinity University are letting their students opt out of receiving a letter grade because of the disruptions caused by the coronavirus.

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Updated Thursday, March 12. Originally published March 11.

Trinity University in San Antonio announced Spring Break will be extended through March 22 and its classes will move online for the remainder of the spring semester.

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While you can’t yet get a bachelor’s degree in Playstation, St. Mary’s University will let you play for the school team. On Tuesday, the San Antonio West Side University announced esports would become its 12th intercollegiate sport. The university is the first in San Antonio to announce the addition.

St. Mary's University Professor Meghann Peace speaks to a student in her Heritage Spanish class on Sept. 23, 2019.
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College freshman Angie Bravo’s first language is Spanish, but she wishes she were better at it.

The 18-year-old grew up in Laredo, Texas, just across the border from Mexico. Like many of her neighbors, she speaks a version of Spanish influenced by English.

San Antonio high school seniors committed to attending Texas A&M-San Antonio cheer on their mascot during a dance off on College Signing Day May 3, 2019.
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More than a thousand high school seniors from across San Antonio pledged to continue their education after graduation Friday.


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Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht and other lawmakers are calling for reform on the selection process for judges on many of the state's courts. 


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According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, at least 68.5 million people worldwide are displaced from home due to war or persecution. Many choose to seek asylum by applying for protection in another country. What does this legal process look like? 


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Erica Schommer is an immigration lawyer and clinical assistant professor at St. Mary’s School of Law. She has practiced law with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, and has worked on various human rights issues in Mexico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

Schommer says immigrants who are victims of crime often have a better chance of achieving legal status in the U.S. The Violence Against Women Act, for example, allows abused women to petition for legalization.  


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A Colombian undocumented immigrant, living in the U.S. for 20 years has spent the last 10 months living with a Franciscan community in New Mexico.  On this episode of Fronteras, we look at the difficulty of living under the persistent threat of deportation (0:00).

Then we explore immigration laws in the U.S. and how it evolves from administration to administration — from the detention of families to the denial of bail to certain detainees (12:33).


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