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 UTEP, EPCC, NMSU Prepare for Spring Graduations; Traffic, Parking Guidelines Released

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UTEP, EPCC, NMSU Prepare for Spring Graduations; Traffic, Parking Guidelines Released

The University of Texas at El Paso will celebrate spring graduates during UTEP’s three Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 12, in the Don Haskins Center, while El Paso Community College will celebrate their graduations on Friday, May 11.

The UTEP 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, and School of Pharmacy.

A livestream of each UTEP ceremony will be accessible from any home computer, mobile device or tablet at utep.edu.

As for the El Paso Community College (EPCC) Spring 2018 Semester graduates, they’ll take to the Don Haskins stage twice on Friday; with the Students earning Associates of Science Degrees,  Associates of Applied Science Degrees and Certifications at 2 p.m. and Students earning Associates of Science Degrees, Associates of Applied Science Degrees and Certifications at 6 p.m.

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

I-10 Closure

Map of I-10 closure available to download here.

Graduating students and guests driving to the Commencement ceremonies should expect delays and high traffic volume, especially if driving to campus from the west side of El Paso, due to a closure on I-10.

From 9 p.m. Friday, May 11, to 6 a.m. Monday, May 14, I-10 will be closed in both directions at the Sunland Park exit and entrance ramps. Sunland Park Drive southbound will close between Mesa Hills Drive and Paisano Drive. The Sunland Park Drive northbound overpass, the Sunland Park entrance ramp to I-10 westbound, and the Sunland Park flyover entrance ramp to I-10 eastbound all will be closed.

During the closure, crews will remove massive steel pillars from the old Sunland Park flyover ramp.

Plan for at least one extra hour of commute time prior to each Commencement ceremony.

Detour: I-10 eastbound traffic will exit at Sunland Park Drive (Exit 13) and immediately re-enter I-10 at the next ramp. I-10 westbound traffic will exit at Sunland Park (Exit 13) and follow it to North Mesa Street, turn left on North Mesa Street and re-enter I-10 westbound from the North Mesa entrance ramp.

Alternative routes: Eastbound traffic can use Doniphan Drive and Paisano Drive or Mesa Street. Drivers can also circle around the construction zone by using Transmountain Drive and U.S. 54 and head to UTEP via the westbound side of I-10.

Westbound traffic can exit I-10 at Mesa Street (Exit 19A) or Downtown (Exit 19B) to avoid any traffic backup that may occur on I-10 in the UTEP area.

If you are traveling from the Stanton Street Port of Entry or the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry from Juárez, it is recommended to plan for at least one hour for possible traffic delays.  For more information on the I-10 closure or international bridge times, visit go10elpaso.com and https://www.elpasotexas.gov/international-bridges/wait-times.

Glory Road Closure

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

Commencement Parking (Former lot names included below in parenthesis) Parking map available to download 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 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., north of the Don Haskins Center between Mesa Street and Sun Bowl Drive.

ADA Parking: 

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

Media Parking: 

  • 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

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 UTEP’s Website for the latest information about the University’s graduation ceremonies.


What:   EPCC Spring 2018 Commencement Exercises

When:   Friday, May 11, 2018

2:00 p.m.: Students earning Associates of Science Degrees,
Associates of Applied Science Degrees and
6:00 p.m.: Students earning Associates of Arts and Associates of




What: UTEP’s Spring Commencement

When: Saturday, May 12

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

7 p.m. for the colleges of Science, Engineering and Health Sciences, and the School of Pharmacy


More than 2,000 New Mexico State University students will be earning their bachelor’s and advanced degrees this spring.

Commencement weekend will begin Friday evening with a hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates at the Pan American Center at 6 p.m. Friday, May 11.

Following that, students receiving their bachelor’s and master’s degrees will be honored Saturday, May 12, during two ceremonies. The first ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. and candidates from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering and College of Health and Social Services will be recognized.

At 2 p.m. students from the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education will be honored.

Over 1,000 bachelor’s and master’s candidates are expected to receive their diplomas on Saturday and over 70 doctoral candidates are expected to attend Friday’s hooding ceremony.

The Pan American Center will open one hour prior to each ceremony. Tickets are not required. Graduates should check in east of the Pan Am in Lot 32.

Arrowhead Drive between Triviz Drive and Stewart Street along the Pan Am will be closed during commencement. Graduates and the general public should park in the lots to the north and east of the Pan Am, with handicapped parking to the north and northeast of the building.

For family and friends who cannot make it out to the commencement ceremonies, Information & Communication Technologies Video Services will be live streaming them via this link. 

Media covering the event should park in the south lot and obtain a media pass in the tent located in Lot 32, east of the Pan Am.

For more information about the commencement ceremony, visit the website.

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