Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso began honoring its graduates with the first of three in-person commencement ceremonies to be held this month at the historic Plaza Theatre in Downtown El Paso.
Spring commencement ceremonies a year ago were conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while commencement ceremonies in December 2020 were conducted with limited in-person formats.
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – May 7 – 37 students
Twenty-six students will graduate with a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree and 11 students will receive a post-baccalaureate certificate in biomedical sciences on May 7.
The mission of the GSBS is to educate the next generation of scientists and health-related professionals by providing a dynamic research environment. The GSBS is oriented to satisfy the learning needs of a multicultural group of students by fostering creativity and discovery.
As of 2020, more than 70 students have graduated from the GSBS. Most GSBS graduates attend medical or dental school, or pursue their Ph.D., after graduation.
Hunt School of Nursing – May 8 – 69 students
Fifty-one students who’ve completed the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program and 15 who completed the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Hunt School of Nursing will be recognized during a commencement and pinning ceremony on May 8. Three students will graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing.
This year is especially noteworthy as Hunt School of Nursing students have earned their degree during a worldwide pandemic. As part of their education, they completed clinical rotations in local hospitals, caring for patients with COVID-19.
Students in the Accelerated B.S.N. program take up to 17 credit hours per semester for four successive semesters and complete 1,008 hours of required clinical rotations. The rigorous program allows students to graduate in 16 months after completing a curriculum designed for cross-disciplinary collaboration. This is the only accelerated nursing program of its kind in the region.
Students in the R.N. to B.S.N. program are licensed nurses who have attended a community college and obtained an associate’s degree in nursing. To receive a bachelor’s degree, they complete 36 credit hours at the Hunt School of Nursing. Nurses with bachelor’s degrees have wider choices for employment and greater opportunities for promotion throughout their careers.
To date, the Hunt School of Nursing has graduated more than 800 students, with 90% of those graduates staying in the region. The school of nursing currently has partnerships with every hospital in the El Paso community, which includes both clinical rotation opportunities and job placements post-graduation.
This year, TTUHSC El Paso is celebrating the Hunt School of Nursing’s 10-year anniversary and its contributions to higher education and health care as it addresses the critical shortage of nurses in West Texas.
Foster School of Medicine – May 21 – 91 students
Ninety-one students who have completed their Medical Doctorate will be graduating from the Foster School of Medicine on May 21. All members of the Class of 2021 matched to residency programs across the nation and in El Paso, including programs at TTUHSC El Paso.
Medical residents often remain in the region in which they are trained, fulfilling the Foster School of Medicine’s mission to increase the number of practicing physicians in the El Paso region.
Currently, there are 612 graduates of the Foster School of Medicine who have become or are on their way to becoming practicing physicians.
What: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Commencement Ceremonies
- Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – 4 p.m. Friday, May 7
- Hunt School of Nursing – 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8
- Foster School of Medicine – 6 p.m. Friday, May 21
Where: Plaza Theatre, 125 W. Mills Ave., El Paso, TX 79901
- All in attendance are required to wear facemasks and follow social distancing guidelines.
- The ceremony will be livestreamed via Facebook
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Gallery