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

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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:


Helium balloons

Silly string


Large signs/banners

Outside food/drink

Glass containers

Professional cameras

Vapor products (e-cigs)

Camera tripods, stabilizers




Car seats


Selfie sticks

Laser pens


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.