2,600 Graduates Expected for UTEP’s Spring 2017 Commencement

More than 2,600 candidates are eligible to walk the stage during The University of Texas at El Paso’s three Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 13, in the Don Haskins Center.

The Spring 2017 Commencement marks a significant milestone for the University as it awards the first Bachelor of Science in Engineering Leadership (E-Lead) degrees during the evening ceremony. E-Lead is the first degree of its kind in the nation and was developed at UTEP through a collaboration with Olin College, the United States Military Academy and other key educational institutions.

E-Lead classes and structure are based on the three pillars of character, competence and capacity, while the curriculum focuses on project application and the integration of the students’ skills and knowledge in real-world scenarios.

“I’m proud that UTEP had the courage to be the first in the country to do this,” said Roger Gonzalez, Ph.D., chair and professor of the Department of Engineering Education and Leadership at UTEP. “We’re trying to make a difference in engineering nationally. We’re trying to be a model program not just for how we can attract local students but what we can do on a larger national platform.”

UTEP will stream the Commencement ceremonies live. Since its introduction during the 2012 Winter Commencement, live streaming of UTEP’s Commencement has become a popular option that enables thousands of Miners and viewers from around the world to join the celebration.

The livestream can be accessed from any home computer, mobile device or tablet at utep.edu.

Parking for graduation candidates is available in parking lots P-8, P-9, R-1, R-2 and all other General Parking areas. Free parking for family and friends is located in lots S-3, S-4, P-1, P-2, P-3 and P-4. Reserved parking for media is located in lot R-1.

ADA parking is located in the R-2 and R-3 lots. Commencement guests also may use the Glory Road Transfer Center and Parking Garage, 100 E. Glory Road, for $10.

No Miner Metro Shuttle service is scheduled during Commencement.

Guests may not bring food, drinks, baby strollers, balloons, noisemakers, glass containers, tripods or banners into the Don Haskins Center during Commencement.

The “Mining Minds” pickaxe sculpture at UTEP’s University Avenue roundabout will be illuminated in blue and orange from Wednesday evening, May 10, through Sunday evening, May 14, to commemorate UTEP’s Class of 2017.

“Mining Minds” is an iconic piece of public art installed in 2010 to enhance The University of Texas at El Paso campus. At night, orange lights illuminate the steel structure while light from LEDs emanate from the perforated “ones” and “zeroes” at each end of the pick.

Visit www.utep.edu/springcommencement for the latest information about the University’s graduation ceremonies

What: UTEP’s Spring Commencement

When:9 a.m. for the College of Liberal Arts; 2 p.m. for the School of Nursing and the colleges of Education and Business Administration; and 7 p.m. for the colleges of Science, Engineering and Health Sciences

 Where: Don Haskins Center, 151 Glory Road