This weekend, The University of Texas at El Paso will celebrate spring graduates during four Commencement ceremonies held on two days.
Approximately 3,000 graduates and candidates are eligible to walk the stage during UTEP’s multiple Commencement ceremonies.
“Significant increases in the number of graduates and their family members attending the graduation ceremonies has necessitated increasing the Commencement ceremonies to four each semester,” said Beto Lopez, assistant vice president for UTEP’s University Relations. “More people will be able to celebrate UTEP Commencements.”
The “Mining Minds” pickaxe sculpture at UTEP’s University Avenue roundabout will be illuminated in blue and orange from Wednesday evening, May 15, through Sunday evening, May 19, to commemorate UTEP’s Class of 2019.
Among the notable degrees awarded will be some firsts in the colleges of Science and Health Sciences and some lasts tied to the School of Pharmacy.
The University will award the first three Master of Science in Professional Science degrees. The College of Science launched this program in spring 2017 for its students who wanted to blend their science knowledge with another discipline such as health or business. The program is composed of two graduate certificates that take 15 to 18 credit hours each.
One must come from the College of Science and the other can come from another UTEP college or other accredited institution.
UTEP’s Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences program will graduate its first class of seven students this spring. In total, 23 rehabilitation sciences students, to include 16 summer graduates, will participate in Saturday’s evening ceremony.
Approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in February 2017, the degree prepares students for a career in the rehabilitation professions. Graduates can pursue graduate studies in physical therapy, rehabilitation counseling, occupational therapy or speech-language pathology.
This Commencement also marks the last class to graduate from the UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program. Six graduates will receive a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Pharmacy.
Under the six-year cooperative program, students would spend the first two years at UTEP, the next two years at UT Austin, and the final two years at UTEP. The program has awarded 164 Pharm.D. degrees since it began in 1995. Seventy percent of the program’s graduates have remained in the region to practice professionally.
The UTEP School of Pharmacy will graduate its first cohort in 2021.
Each ceremony will be streamed live. The livestream can be accessed from any home computer, mobile device or tablet via this link.
To make the most of their Commencement experience, graduates and 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.
El Paso Streetcar
The El Paso Streetcar will run on a normal schedule both Saturday and Sunday of Commencement. Hours of operation are Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – midnight.
Parking map: (Link to campus map here)
• Accessible via Glory Road: GR2.
• Accessible via Sun Bowl Drive: Lots SB2, SB3, SB10 and the Sun Bowl Parking Garage. SB7 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, SC2, SC3, SC4, 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.
• Permit required, Lots SB8 and ME1 near Don Haskins Center.
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.
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.
What: UTEP’s Spring Commencement
When: Saturday, May 18: 9 a.m. for the College of Liberal Arts; 2 p.m. for the colleges of Business Administration and Education; and 7 p.m. for the college of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and the School of Pharmacy.
Sunday, May 19: 2 p.m. for the colleges of Engineering and Science.
Where: UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, 151 Glory Road
For general information on UTEP’s 2019 Spring Commencement, click here.