On Friday, El Paso Community College (EPCC) will grant 2,290 degrees and certificates at its Fall 2019 Commencement exercises and welcome a special guest.
Former Texas Senator Joe Christie will be the Commencement Speaker.
Christie was instrumental in the creation of EPCC in 1969. His leadership and hard work in the Texas Senate created the framework and secured funding to open the doors to 901 students in 1971.
The fall graduation is the final event in the college’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, and the ceremony will be held at the Don Haskins Center on the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) campus.
“Graduation recognizes the prosperous futures of students who have completed their academic journey,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “EPCC is committed to increasing the educational attainment in our region and commencement celebrates that success.”
The journey to the 50th anniversary for EPCC began with a vote. According to EPCC’s website:
The El Paso County Community College District was established in June 1969 when citizens of El Paso County voted to form a junior college district and elected a board of seven trustees to administer the college, but did not pass a tax or bond to fund the school.
By 1971, the Board of Trustees and citizens of the community requested state financial assistance to open the doors. The 62nd Texas Legislature appropriated funds and El Paso Community College became a reality, enrolling 901 students in September of that year.
“EPCC is annually recognized as the top grantor of associate degrees to Hispanic students in the nation,” college officials added. “EPCC focuses on completion to increase graduation rates and to prepare students with marketable skills for gainful employment.”
Currently, the college serves over 27,000+ credit students and 8,000 continuing education students each semester.
Date & Location
December 13th at 5pm at the University of Texas El Paso Don Haskins Special Events Center, 151 Glory Road
The Fall 2019 commencement times are as follows: Commencement 5:00 PM Check In at 3:30 PM
Associate of Arts
Associate of Arts in Teaching
Associate of Science
Associate of Applied Science
Certificate of Completion
Professional Cameras Graduation Policy:
-Professional Cameras Allowed
-No Zero-Gravity Rigs or Brackets
-No Additional Light Sources
-Vapor Products (E-CIGS)