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Home | News | UTEP to Celebrate 2018 Winter Commencement Saturday
The University of Texas at El Paso will celebrate summer and winter graduates during UTEP’s three Commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Don Haskins Center. Photo courtesy UTEP Communications

UTEP to Celebrate 2018 Winter Commencement Saturday

The University of Texas at El Paso will celebrate summer and winter graduates during UTEP’s three Commencement ceremonies Saturday in the Don Haskins Center.

The celebrations are at 9 a.m. for the College of Liberal Arts; 2 p.m. for the colleges of Education, Business Administration and the School of Nursing; and 7 p.m. for the colleges of Science, Engineering and Health Sciences. Each ceremony will also be streamed live.

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

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

Visit the commencement website for the latest information about the University’s graduation ceremonies.

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 “Mining Minds” pickaxe sculpture at UTEP’s University Avenue roundabout will be illuminated in blue and orange from Wednesday evening, December 12 through Sunday evening, December 16, to commemorate UTEP’s Class of 2018.

“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.

On special occasions, including historic dates, major annual milestones and to celebrate special accomplishments, the pick is illuminated in blue and orange.

To make the most of their Commencement experience, graduates and guests should be aware of the following:

• What: UTEP’s Winter 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: UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, 151 Glory Road

Glory Road Closure

Glory Road from Oregon to Randolph will be closed in order to enhance pedestrian safety, ease traffic congestion and help with the flow of crowds from the Don Haskins Center to Celebration Plaza.

Commencement Parking (Includes previous lot names)

Parking map: (Link to campus map here)

Free parking:

  • Accessible via Glory Road: GR2 (formerly P-9).
  • Accessible via Sun Bowl Drive: Lots SB2 (S-3), SB3 (S-4), SB10 (R-6) and the Sun Bowl Parking Garage. SB7 (R-2) will have reserved parking for event staff, but the remaining spaces will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Accessible via Schuster Avenue: Lots SC1 (P-4), SC2 (P-3), SC3 (P-2), SC4 (P-1), and the Schuster Parking Garage.

Parking with Fee: 

  • Glory Road Transfer Center and Parking Garage (accessible via Glory Road at Mesa Street). ($10)
  • Public monthly and daily parking lot at 3003 S. Mesa St.

ADA Parking: 

  • Permit required, Lots SB8 (R-3) and ME1 (R-4) near the Don Haskins Center.

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