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Video: Re-Watch UTEP’s Saturday Graduations

The jubilance of Commencement continues with the celebration of graduates from the colleges of Science, Engineering, Health Sciences, and School of Pharmacy at 7 p.m.

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Previous Graduation Feeds: 

Morning Graduation: College of Liberal Arts at 9 a.m.

Afternoon Graduation: Colleges of Education, Business Administration and the School of Nursing at 2 p.m.

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At 9  a.m. on Saturday morning, the University of Texas at El Paso’s Ceremonial Brass Ensemble fervently ushered in the start of Spring Commencement 2018 in the Don Haskins Center with a rendition of the processional tune “Pomp and Circumstance” in celebration of more than 900 eager spring and summer graduation candidates from the College of Liberal Arts.

The procession kicked off the first of three graduation ceremonies for the University on May 12, 2018. As UTEP President Diana Natalicio told the graduates in her Commencement address, the day carried “a special promise of bold new beginnings and unlimited possibilities.”

That was true for Cassandra Corinne Moreno, who earned her bachelor’s degree in English and American literature with a minor in Chicano studies and was eager to start a new chapter in her life as a teacher of secondary education. When she first attended UTEP, she had no idea what she wanted to do until her work as a student employee for the GEAR UP program sparked a love of teaching.

“My college experience has been a lot of trial and error, but I loved the journey,” Moreno said with a smile. “Being a student employee and having the opportunity to work with students daily for four years made me realize I am passionate about teaching and want to incorporate Chicano studies into my lesson plans. UTEP gave me opportunities to discover who I am and what I want to do as a career.”

Earning a college degree has been a long time coming for Andres Steve Freitekh, who started at UTEP in 2010. Today he received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice to fulfill a promise he made to his grandfather, who encouraged him to never give up, and to his father, whom he never met. His father was a month away from graduating with an engineering degree from UTEP when he passed away. Freitekh, a baby at the time, grew up and made a promise that he would earn his degree on behalf of his father, who did not get a chance to.

Through a series of trials and tribulations, Freitekh made good on his promise to his father and grandfather, who died recently, and he is excited about what his future holds.

“Everything is looking up and coming together now,” he said. “There are a lot of new beginnings for me. I am now a college graduate and am also getting married in June. I love UTEP and appreciate the education I received that has well prepared me for a career with the federal government. I plan to utilize everything I learned moving forward.”

Twenty-Three UTEP Student-Athletes to Graduate on Saturday

Twenty-three past and present UTEP student-athletes will walk across the graduation stage on Saturday and receive their diplomas from the university.

The list includes 11 representatives from the football program, four from men’s track & field, three from women’s track & field, two from softball, and one apiece from men’s basketball, soccer and tennis.

Graduating this weekend will be All-Americans Samantha Hall (track & field) and Will Hernandez (football).

Seventeen graduates hail from the United States, while two come from Jamaica, one from American Samoa, one from Australia, one from Kenya and one from Nigeria.

Ten of the graduates (Adebola Akomolafe, Christian Buckingham, David Jackson, Johnny Jones, Alan Luna, Ademiju Oyebanjo-Odofin, Orion Prescott, Israel Ramsay, Matilda Tench, Trey Touchet) earned placement on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Roll during their careers for posting grade point averages of 3.0 or better.

Touchet was a three-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal for achieving a GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Adebola Akomolafe (Women’s Track & Field)

Part of the team that won the first indoor and outdoor conference championship in school history … helped the Miners to three consecutive indoor conference titles … registered the eighth-best mark in program history in the hammer throw with 52.22m (171-04) … captain of the women’s team for two seasons … finished her college career with bests of 46.13m (151-4) in the discus, 17.66m (47-11.25) in the weight throw and 52.22m (171-04) in the hammer throw … earned a spot on the 2017 C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Biological Sciences major.

 

James Bias (Men’s Track & Field)

Part of the team that won the 2014 Conference USA Indoor Championship … ran the anchor leg on the 4x400m relay that took second at the 2014 C-USA Indoor  Championships … part of the 4x400m relay that qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships, clocking in with a time of 3:03.15 which ranks second in school history … finished his career with personal bests in the 60 (6.87), 100 (10.51), 200 (21.06) and the 400m (47.24) … two-year team captain … Computer Science major.

 

Christian Buckingham (Football)

The transfer from El Paso Community College played for the Orange and Blue during the 2017 campaign … defensive lineman saw action in the first four games before suffering a season-ending injury … notched four tackles and one quarterback hurry … member of the 2017 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll …Biology major.

 

Kristopher Christian (Football)

Member of the Miner football team for three seasons … saw action in eight games during the 2015 season … recorded a tackle on special teams versus UTSA …Criminal Justice major.

 

Devin Cockrell (Football)

Played and started in 47 games for the Miners … tallied 247 tackles during his career … also totaled 15.5 tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries, three sacks, three interceptions and one fumble recovery … led all UTEP defensive backs in tackles during the 2016 and 2017 seasons … was named the 2016 Top Gun Player of the Year, awarded to the best special teams performer … as a true freshman, led the team in tackles with 76 … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Zack Greenlee (Football)

Played two seasons for the Miners after transferring from Fresno State … saw action in 17 games, making 11 starts at quarterback … threw for a total of 1,513 yards on 124-of-254 passing with nine touchdowns … during senior campaign, rushed for 114 yards and a pair of scores … threw for over 100 yards in eight contests … opened his UTEP career by throwing for three touchdowns on 15-of-27 passing, with 229 yards and no interceptions during a start and victory over rival NM State … Leadership Studies major.

 

Miranda Gutierrez (Softball)

Played in 22 games for the Miners … made six starts during her senior season … scored five runs … went 2-for-2 and scored a run during game one against Florida Atlantic … drew a walk and crossed the dish during UTEP’s victory over FAU … scored three runs and connected on three hits against the Owls on Senior Weekend … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Samantha Hall (Women’s Track & Field)

Part of the team that won the first indoor and outdoor conference championship in school history … helped the Miners to three consecutive indoor conference titles … competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2015 and 2017 … won the discus throw at the C-USA Outdoor Championships in 2015 and 2017 … set a school record in the discus throw in 2015 with a mark of 58.50m (191-11) … completed her college career with bests of 14.90m (48-10.5) in the shot put and 34.38m (112-9.5) in the javelin … earned All-C-USA First Team honors for the 2015 season … garnered second team All-American accolades during her final season … Economics major.

 

Will Hernandez (Football)

Started at left guard in every game played (49) since his freshman season in 2014 …

the first Miner offensive lineman to receive Associated Press, CBS Sports and FOX Sports All-American honors … two-time Pro Football Focus First Team All-American … also the first UTEP offensive lineman since 2009 to earn All-Conference USA first team recognition … one of 11 Miners ever to be invited to the prestigious Senior Bowl … appointed the 2016 Pro Football Focus Pass Protector of the Year … named to the 2017 Outland Trophy Watch List … Kinesiology major.

 

David Jackson (Football)

Member of the Miner football team for three seasons … saw action in 10 games on special teams in 2016 … played in the Miners’ last home game versus LA Tech in 2017 … listed on the 2016 C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll …Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Johnny Jones (Football)

Played in 22 games for UTEP … saw action on defense and special teams … notched a total of 26 tackles, three tackles for loss and one forced fumble … during junior campaign recorded a season-high four stops against Army … two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Evans Kiprono (Men’s Track & Field)

Competed in both cross country and track and field for UTEP … part of the team that won the 2014 Conference USA Indoor Championship … helped the Miners capture back-to-back conference cross country titles (2015, 2016) … garnered All- Conference USA third team honors in the 10,000m in 2014 … notched an All-C-USA second team honor in the 10,000m in 2015 … finished his career running a personal best 10,000m time of 31:09.16 … helped the Miners finish 11th in the nation at the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships … Biological Sciences major.

 

Alan Luna (Football)

The former walk-on played in 36 games for the Miners … finished collegiate career ranked third on the program’s all-time list for career punts (206) and punt yards (8,910) … 79 punts in 2017 rank tied for fifth on the program’s single-season list, while his 3,483 yards rank fifth on the school’s single-season list … a two-time member of the Ray Guy Award Watch List … during senior season ranked second in Conference USA and fifth in the FBS in punt yards (3,483) … two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … International Business major.

 

Brian Madunezim (Football)

Was a two-year football letterwinner, seeing action in 20 games … notched a total of

36 tackles, four quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one tackle for loss and two

assisted sacks … during the 2016 season played in all 12 games, making six starts

and totaling a career-best 32 tackles … registered a career-high eight tackles against

Army … Computer Science major.

 

Tommy McCoy (Men’s Track & Field)

Captain of the track and field squad for two seasons (2015, 2016) … helped the men

finish second at the 2014 and 2015 C-USA Outdoor Championships … registered six

top-10 finishes during the 2015 outdoor season … finished his college career with

bests of 53.38 in the 400m hurdles and 51.14 in the 400m … History major.

 

Ademiju Oyebanjo-Odofin (Men’s Track & Field)

Notched 11 top-10 finishes in the 400m hurdles in his career at UTEP … helped the

Miners to a second place finish at the 2015 C-USA Outdoor Championships … clocked

in with a personal-best time in the 400m hurdles at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge

during his final season, with an effort of 55.39 seconds … finished his career with

personal bests in the 200m (22.71), 400m (51.03) and the 600m (1:26.08) … three-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Construction Management major.

 

Kiki Pepi (Softball)

Played in 155 games, making 153 starts in three seasons with the Miners … became

the seventh Miner to reach the 100-RBI mark with 103 … ranks second on the

program’s all-time list with 331 career assists … 134 assists in 2016 set a school

record, while her nine assists at FIU in 2016 is a single-game standard … led the

Miners in RBI her last two seasons … Organizational & Corporate Communication

major.

 

Orion Prescott (Football)

Saw action in all 12 games during the 2016 season … rushed for 14 yards on three

carries … ran for 11 yards on two attempts with a long rush of 10 yards during a

victory over Houston Baptist … tallied a three-yard run during a season-finale win

versus North Texas … two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic

Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Israel Ramsay (Women’s Track)

Part of the team that won the first indoor and outdoor conference championship in

school history … helped the Miners to three consecutive indoor conference titles …

team captain for two seasons … competed at the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary

Round in the high jump, long jump and 4x100m relay … competed at the 2017 NCAA

West Preliminary Round in the 4x100m relay … part of the C-USA champion

4x100m relay teams in 2015 and 2017 … finished her college career with bests of

1.76m (5-9.25) in the high jump and 5.95m (19-6.25) in the long jump … earned a

spot on the 2017 C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multimedia

Journalism major.

 

Matilda Tench (Tennis)

Appeared in 111 singles and 103 doubles matches for the Miners, tallying 94 wins …

ranks sixth in UTEP’s all-time record book for career singles wins with 46 … had a

career-high 14 singles wins and 15 doubles victories during the 2014-15 season …

two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll …

Kinesiology major.

 

Bri Thomas (Soccer)

Evolved into one of the top scoring threats in Conference USA while starring for her

hometown Miners … a three-year starter who was used as a defender, midfielder

and forward, she recorded 13 goals and eight assists for 34 points in more than

4,500 minutes of playing time … saved her best for last with eight goals and four

assists for a 20-point senior season in 2016 … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Trey Touchet (Men’s Basketball)

Has appeared in 69 games for the Miners, making five starts … has collected 224

points, 84 rebounds, 66 assists and 23 steals … scored in double figures five times

during his sophomore season (2016-17) … three-time recipient of a Conference USA

Commissioner’s Academic Medal … three-time member of the C-USA

Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … on a Presidential Scholarship at UTEP …

Kinesiology major.

 

Augie Touris (Football)

Played for the Miners for three seasons as a blocking tight end … saw action in 16

games, making five starts … played in all 12 games during the 2017 season, seeing

the field on offense and special teams … recorded his first career catch, a five-yard

snag during the first quarter against WKU … Creative Writing major.

INFO+Story: UTEP to Celebrate 2017 Winter Commencement

More than 2,300 summer graduates and winter candidates are eligible to walk the stage at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday, December 16, 2017, during The University of Texas at El Paso’s three Winter Commencement ceremonies.

Of note this year is a group of 12 South Korean students graduating from a dual degree program between UTEP and Seokyeong University (SKU). The partnership allows the dozen students to earn an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) certified degree in metallurgical and materials engineering with a concentration on printing nanoengineering.

One student, Su Yeon Han, has been a stellar performer in her cohort, which is the largest since the partnership began in 2014. She has been selected to be the Undergraduate Student Marshal for the College of Engineering, an honor based on academic achievement. Han will lead the candidates to the stage and be one of the first students called to the stage at this weekend’s commencement ceremony.

Students who take part in the SKU-UTEP program must complete five semesters at the campus in Seoul, South Korea, before transferring to El Paso to complete three more semesters. The overarching goal of the program is the development of multilingual students capable of working throughout the globe in the development of printed electronic materials and applications.

“Su Yeon is just one example of many students who have successfully taken part in the SKU-UTEP program,” said Namsoo (Peter) Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of metallurgical and materials engineering. “We are proud to be part of this effort to educate students who are ready to make an impact in the field of printing nanoengineering technology and applications. It has been a mutually beneficial partnership.”

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.

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

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. This closure will serve as a pilot run as UTEP looks for the best way to mitigate congestion related to events in the area, the nearby bus terminal and the upcoming streetcar route.

Commencement Parking (Includes previous lot names)

Parking map: (Link to campus map here)

Free parking:

  1. Accessible via Glory Road: GR2, formerly P-9 (Portion will be utilized for Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Game ADA guests; more space will be available for 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Commencement ceremony guests.)
  2. 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.
  3. Accessible via Schuster Avenue: Lots SC1 (P-4), SC2 (P-3), SC3 (P-2), SC4 (P-1), and Schuster Parking Garage

Parking with Fee: 

  1. Glory Road Transfer Center and Parking Garage (accessible via Glory Road at Mesa Street). ($10)
  2. Public parking lot on Sun Bowl Drive.

ADA Parking: 

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

Group Parking: 

  1. Commencement staff, VIPs and working media representatives will receive a special parking pass for the designated parking lots. Media can park in reserved spots in lot GR3 (P-10) and must present their credentials to the security staff.

 

Don Haskins Center Policies

Attendees should allow extra time for parking and for bag checks at the Don Haskins Center entrances.

List of prohibited items:

Noisemakers

Helium balloons

Silly string

Confetti

Large signs/banners

Outside food/drink

Glass containers

Professional cameras

Vapor products (e-cigs)

Camera tripods, stabilizers

Drones

Airhorns/whistles

Strollers

Car seats

Umbrellas

Selfie sticks

Laser pens

Pets

Click HERE for the latest information about the University’s graduation ceremonies.

 

 

“Mining Minds” Special Lighting

The “Mining Minds” pickaxe sculpture at UTEP’s University Avenue roundabout will be illuminated in blue and orange from Wednesday evening, Dec. 13, through Sunday evening, Dec. 17, 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.

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

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

UTEP’s Spring Commencement Marks 100-Year Anniversary next Saturday

Nearly 2,700 graduates and candidates are eligible to walk the stage during The University of Texas at El Paso’s three Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 14, in the Don Haskins Center.

The celebrations will be 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.

The spring ceremonies mark the 100-year anniversary of Commencement. The State School of Mines and Metallurgy, now UTEP, held its first Commencement on May 30, 1916 in the school’s auditorium, located on what is now Fort Bliss. During that first ceremony, three candidates were presented with Engineer of Mines degrees.

“From an educational point of view,” wrote the El Paso Morning Times the next day, “it was probably one of the most important events in the history of El Paso,” since the school not only made El Paso a “University town,” it was also “destined to be one of the greatest technical and professional colleges in the entire West.”

One hundred years later, the University has awarded more than 121,600 degrees in more than 160 fields.

“At UTEP, we believe that the students of our region have just as much promise as students in more affluent settings,” said Amanda Vasquez, Ph.D., assistant vice president for UTEP’s Enrollment Services. “The fact that our graduation numbers continue to climb very much demonstrates that our students not only have promising potential, but that they achieve success. Commencement represents a culmination of students’ success at UTEP and is something for our entire community to celebrate.”

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

Baby strollers, car seats, balloons, noisemakers, glass containers, tripods, selfie sticks, large signs and banners, and food and drinks will not be allowed into the Don Haskins Center during Commencement.

In order to align with the heightened security measures in place at public venues all over the country, Don Haskins Center guests can expect a more extensive security process at the 2016 spring Commencement ceremony. In addition to bag screening, guests will also be screened using a hand-wand device that detects metal objects before entering the Don Haskins Center.

“We are increasing security measures to ensure this event is enjoyable but more importantly, safe,” said Jorge Vazquez, executive director of UTEP Special Events. “We have an obligation as a venue to increase our security measures since more and more venues around the world are adding additional layers of security to ensure the public’s safety.”

Allow extra time for security screening.

The “Mining Minds” pickaxe sculpture at UTEP’s University Avenue roundabout will be illuminated in blue and orange from Wednesday evening, May 11, throughSunday evening, May 15, to commemorate UTEP’s Class of 2016.

“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. Learn more about the statue and its artist at miningminds.utep.edu.

Live Streaming of Commencement Ceremonies

UTEP will stream the Commencement ceremonies live beginning at 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. The livestream is possible thanks to a partnership between the University, KFOX-TV and CBS4.

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

What: Spring Commencement at The University of Texas at El Paso

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

Parking Information

Parking for candidates:

– Lots P-8, P-9 (accessible from Sun Bowl Drive) and all other general parking areas.

General Parking:

– Free parking accessible from Sun Bowl Drive: Lots R-2, R-5, R-6, P-6 and Sun Bowl Parking Garage

– Parking with estimated $10 fee: Glory Road Transfer Center and Parking Garage (accessible from Glory Road at Mesa Street)

– ADA parking: Lot R-3. ADA parking permit required.

Media Parking:

– Media may park in the R-1 lot.

View a parking map here.

No Miner Metro Shuttle service is scheduled during Commencement.

UTEP set to honor Winter 2015 Graduates

Nearly 2,300 students are eligible to walk the stage at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 during The University of Texas at El Paso’s three Winter Commencement ceremonies.

This year’s Commencement will include 47 graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing program for family nurse practitioners (FNP) – the largest graduating cohort in the program’s history. The program is the only one available in the borderland and provides flexibility as courses are taken online.

The FNP graduates will fill a need in the health care industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas is one of five states with the highest employment level for nurse practitioners with 7,260 of them employed in the state.

Parking for all graduation candidates, family and friends is free in the P-8, P-9, R-2 and R-5 parking lots. University staff and media may park in the P-10, P-11, P-12, R-1, R-2, R-3 and R-4 lots. ADA parking is located in the R-2 and R-3 lots. Commencement goers also may use the Glory Road Transfer Center and Parking Garage, 100 E. Glory Road, for $10.

View a parking map here.

Commencement guests also should know no Miner Metro Shuttle service is scheduled during Commencement.

Baby strollers, balloons, noisemakers, glass containers, tripods and banners will not be allowed into the Don Haskins Center during Commencement.

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

The “Mining Minds” pickaxe sculpture at UTEP’s University Avenue roundabout will be illuminated in blue and orange from Wednesday evening, Dec. 9, through Sunday evening, December 13, to commemorate UTEP’s Class of 2015.

“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. Learn more about the statue and its artist at miningminds.utep.edu

UTEP will stream the Commencement ceremonies live. The livestream is made possible by KFOX-TV and CBS4. 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 live stream can be accessed from any home computer, mobile device or tablet. To view, visit utep.edu

What: Winter Commencement at The University of Texas at El Paso

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

Twenty-Nine UTEP Student-Athletes to graduate this weekend

A total of 29 past and present UTEP student-athletes will graduate from the university on Saturday.

The list includes 12 representatives from the football program (Vincent Czerniewski, John De La Rosa, Kelvin Fisher Jr., Jacob Garcia, Leon Hayes, Matthew Heard, Jeremiah Laufasa, Eric Lee, Jimmy Musgrave, Roy Robertson-Harris, Nathan Stukes, Jaquan White).

The remaining breakdown by sport is as follows: women’s basketball 3 (Starr Breedlove, Stacie Telles, Johnishia Welles), softball 3 (Samantha Alvillar, McKenzey Finley, Alanna Leasau), volleyball 3 (Dayana Acevedo-Rios, Talia Jones, Ashley Peak), men’s basketball 2 (Tevin Caldwell, Victor Mbachu), men’s golf 2 (Jere Pelletier, Martin Simonsen), women’s track & field 2 (Aisha Lee, Jallycia Pearson), soccer 1 (Sarah Dilling), and men’s track & field 1 (Roberto Camacho).

Seventeen of the graduates earned placement on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll (3.0 cumulative grade point average or better) over the course of their college careers.

Biographies follow on each of UTEP’s December 2015 graduating student-athletes.

December 2015 UTEP Graduating Student-Athlete Bios

Dayana Acevedo-Rios (Volleyball)

Dayana played two seasons with UTEP and saw action in 55 matches.  The defensive specialist recorded 509 digs, 67 assists, 39 service aces and five kills.  She was a two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  She is a Psychology major.

 

Samantha Alvillar (Softball)

Samantha played in 134 games, making 123 starts for the Miners. The utility player scored 67 runs with 20 RBI, a home run and 19 stolen bases during her career.  She is a Communication major.

 

Starr Breedlove (Women’s Basketball)

Starr is starting at point guard for UTEP this season after transferring from Louisville.  She has the Miners off to a 7-0 start by averaging 12.0 points, 4.7 assists and 2.4 steals in 27.4 minutes per game.  She is a Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Tevin Caldwell (Men’s Basketball)

Tevin has appeared in 36 games for the Miners, tallying 46 points, 31 rebounds and 11 steals.  After transferring from Cochise College, the El Paso native has filled a valuable role at UTEP with his high-energy play.  He was a member of the 2014 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  He is a Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Roberto Camacho (Track & Field)

Roberto claimed silver in the 400m hurdles as a senior at the C-USA Championships with a personal-best time of 51.05 seconds.  He competed at the NCAA West Preliminaries as a junior and senior in the 400 hurdles and 4×400 relay, respectively.  He is a Criminal Justice major.

 

Vincent Czerniewski (Football)

Vince arrived at UTEP in 2013 as a walk on. He earned a scholarship in 2015 and played in 10 games for the Miners this season as a reserve defensive lineman.  He was a two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  He is a Management major.

 

John De La Rosa (Football)

John came to UTEP in 2013 and has seen action in nine games, making five starts at right tackle. The lineman was a part of an offensive unit that surrendered only 12 sacks this season.  He has one year of eligibility remaining in 2016.  He was a three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll and a recipient of a C-USA Academic Medal in 2013.  He is a Kinesiology major.

 

Sarah Dilling (Soccer)

Sarah enjoyed a stellar career as a goalkeeper for the UTEP soccer team from 2011-14. She set school career records with 41 wins, 20 shutouts, 82 games played and 82 games started.  She was an All-Conference USA first team honoree in 2014.  She was a four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  She is a Kinesiology major.

 

McKenzey Finley (Softball)

McKenzey played in 76 games, making 44 starts for the Miners. She started 42 games at the catcher position in 2014 and made a spectacular out at home plate, helping UTEP defeat rival NM State. She also hit .417 her sophomore season.  She was a four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  She is an Accounting major.

 

Kelvin Fisher Jr. (Football)

In his two seasons with the Miners, Kelvin recorded 39 tackles, five pass break-ups, one interception, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry. The defensive back produced five or more tackles in three games in 2015 while starting nine times.  He was a member of the 2015 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  He is receiving his Master’s in Leadership Studies.

 

Jacob Garcia (Football)

Jacob came to UTEP in 2010 and worked with the scout team while appearing in three games at wide receiver.  He was a two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  He is a Criminal Justice major.

 

Leon Hayes (Football)

Leon arrived at UTEP in 2012 and has seen action in 32 games for the Miners. He has registered 18 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as a defensive back.  He has one year of eligibility remaining in 2016.  He is a Communications major.

 

Matthew Heard (Football)

A reserve linebacker, Matthew played on special teams in four games during the 2014 season. The former walk-on earned a scholarship for 2015 but missed the season after undergoing back surgery.  He is a Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Talia Jones (Volleyball)

Talia came to UTEP in 2011 and saw action in 90 matches.  She registered 868 kills, 226 digs, 85 blocks, 59 service aces and 24 assists. The outside hitter recorded a career-best 24 kills against Brown this season.  She was a member of the 2013 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  She is a Finance major.

 

Jeremiah Laufasa (Football)

During his two seasons with the Miners, Jeremiah recorded 606 all-purpose yards and led the Miners in rushing with 381 yards on 102 attempts as a senior. He spurred the Miners to a 24-21 victory over Rice this season, rushing for 92 yards on 18 carries.  He was a member of the 2015 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  He is a Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Alanna Leasau (Softball)

Alanna played in 97 games, starting 94 in two seasons with the Miners.  The infielder hit three grand slams in 2013, while setting a school record with eight RBI in a single game. Her 16 home runs rank 10th in program history.  She was a member of the 2013 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  She is a Human Resources Management major.

 

Aisha Lee (Track & Field)

Aisha was a member of the first women’s team in program history to win a conference title, achieving the feat indoors in 2015.  She set personal bests in the discus throw, hammer throw and weight throw as a senior.  She is a Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Eric Lee (Football)

Eric started 25 games at UTEP and was named to the 2015 watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the top center in the country. The Miners surrendered only 12 sacks in 2015. UTEP finished the season ranked first in Conference USA in fewest sacks allowed for the second consecutive year.  He is a Finance major.

 

Victor Mbachu (Men’s Basketball)

Victor transferred to UTEP from Angelina College and played in five games for the Miners during the 2013-14 season.  After redshirting a year ago, he has earned four appearances this year as a backup point guard.  He is a Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Jimmy Musgrave (Football)

Jimmy played two seasons for the Miners and saw action in 25 games. He recorded 95 tackles, 12 tackles for losses, five quarterback hurries, four sacks, two pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery. The linebacker was a team captain in 2015.  He was a member of the 2015 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  He is a Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Ashley Peak (Volleyball)

Ashley arrived at UTEP in 2011 and participated in 83 matches.  The defensive specialist was a force in the backcourt for the Miners, tallying 748 digs, 78 assists, 28 service aces and five kills.  She is a marketing major.

 

Jallycia Pearson (Track & Field)

Jallycia was a member of the first women’s team in program history to win a conference title, achieving the feat indoors in 2015.  The El Paso native is the school record-holder in the pentathlon and heptathlon, and won a conference title in each of those events during her career.  She was a four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  She is a Kinesiology major.

 

Jere Pelletier (Men’s Golf)

Jere played in 43 tournaments during his four years at UTEP and averaged a career-best 73.7 strokes per round as a senior.  He racked up four-top 10 showings and was UTEP’s top finisher seven times during his career.  He was a member of the 2012, 2013, 2014 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  He is an Accounting major.

 

Roy Robertson-Harris (Football)

Roy played in 47 games and made 33 starts in the Orange and Blue. The defensive lineman recorded 138 tackles, 25 tackles for losses, 16 quarterback hurries, 10.5 sacks, nine pass break-ups, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.  He is a Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Martin Simonsen (Men’s Golf)

Martin was named the 2012 Conference USA Freshman of the Year and was appointed to the 2015 All-Conference USA First Team.  The three-time NCAA Regional participant recorded 15 top-10 showings and was UTEP’s top finisher 27 times during his career.  He was a member of the 2013, 2014, 2015 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  He is a Finance major.

 

Nathan Stukes (Football)

Nathan played on special teams in 21 games for the Miners. The defensive back came to UTEP in 2014 and was recipient of the Thomas Howard Walk-On Award at “Dinner With the Miners” in 2015.  He is a Criminal Justice major.

 

Stacie Telles (Women’s Basketball)

Stacie was a two-year starter for the Miners, helping them make a run to the 2014 WNIT finals. She played in 65 games, including 39 starts, and averaged 6.0 points, 2.4 assists and 24.4 minutes.  She was a member of the 2014, 2015 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  She is a Criminal Justice major.

 

Johnishia Welles (Women’s Basketball)

Johnishia played in 28 games, including one start, during her career with the Miners. She was a member of the 2014 WNIT runner up.  As a senior she averaged 5.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per contest.  She is a Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Jaquan White (Football)

Jaquan has played in 26 games for the Miners and made major contributions in 2015.  He led the team in receptions (38), receiving yards (471), touchdown receptions (seven), receiving yards per game (42.8) and total touchdowns (eight). The wide receiver has one year of eligibility remaining in 2016.  He was a member of the 2013 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.  He is a Criminal Justice major.

Author: UTEP Athletics

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