Photo courtesy UTEP

UTEP, NMSU, EPCC Students Prepare for Fall Graduation

In addition to the holiday season, thousands of students at UTEP, NMSU and EPCC are getting ready for their very own present: Fall Graduation.

More than 2,300 summer graduates and winter candidates are eligible to walk the stage at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday, December 10, 2016, during The University of Texas at El Paso’s three Winter Commencement ceremonies.

A highlight for the University during this Commencement is the abundance of doctoral graduates. Seventy-two doctoral degree candidates are eligible to walk on Saturday, including 31 recipients of the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

“The large numbers of doctoral graduates during 2016 show UTEP’s emergence as a major research university with a national impact,” said Charles Ambler, Ph.D., dean of UTEP’s Graduate School. “The first graduates of UTEP’s new Ph.D. program in mechanical engineering will cross the stage at this Commencement, and they are on their way to high-level positions in industry, universities and the public sector.

“The doctoral graduates are highly diverse. They come from many different countries, but a significant number grew up in El Paso. These graduates also continue UTEP’s national role in raising the proportion of Hispanics who earn doctoral degrees, especially in science and engineering.”

Photo courtesy UTEP
Photo courtesy UTEP

Parking for graduation candidates is available in the P-8, P-9, R-1 and R-2 parking lots. Free parking for family and friends is located in lots S-3, S-4, P-1, P-2, P-3 and P-4. University faculty and staff participating in Commencement may park in lots R-3 and R-4. Reserved parking for media is located in lot R-1. ADA parking is located in the R-3 and R-4 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, information on the commencement can be found here.

Parking lot R-4 will be reserved beginning at midnight until noon on Saturday, Dec. 10 to accommodate patrons of the UTEP Ticket Center. Tickets for the Sept. 6, 2017 Guns N’ Roses concert at Sun Bowl Stadium will be available for purchase beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 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, Dec. 7, through Sunday evening, Dec. 11, to commemorate UTEP’s Class of 2016.  Learn more about the statue and its artist at

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 livestream can be accessed from any home computer, mobile device or tablet at

Over in the City of the Crosses, more than 1,000 students are projected to participate in the fall commencement ceremony at New Mexico State University at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Pan American Center.

Commencement activities will begin Friday, Dec. 9, with a doctoral hooding ceremony at 7 p.m. at Pan American Center. NMSU will recognize Pat and Lou Sisbarro as the honorary degree recipients during the ceremony. They will speak to the doctoral degree candidates

Confetti falls celebrating another New Mexico State University commencement. NOV16
Confetti falls celebrating another New Mexico State University commencement. NOV16

following their hooding.

The couple own Sisbarro automobile dealerships in Las Cruces and Deming. Pat has spearheaded the establishment of NMSU Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink and the creation of the Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park on the NMSU campus.

The couple has made two transforming gifts to NMSU – the Pat and Lou Sisbarro Current Use Fund and a substantial legacy gift.

Of the 1,408 students who are degree candidates on the Las Cruces campus, eight are associate degrees, 1,042 are bachelor’s degrees, 308 are master’s degrees and 50 are doctoral degrees. An additional 285 summer graduates who did not participate in the spring commencement ceremony are invited to attend this fall ceremony.

The College of Arts and Sciences has the largest class with 415 bachelor’s degree recipients, while the College of Engineering has 183, the College of Business has 151, the College of Health and Social Services has 114, the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences has 110 and the College of Education has 69.

Additionally, 463 associate degrees will be conferred to students graduating from NMSU Dona Ana Community College, NMSU Alamogordo, NMSU Carlsbad and NMSU Grants this fall.

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

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

For more information, visit

EPCC Graduation | Photo courtesy EPCC
EPCC Graduation | Photo courtesy EPCC

Back here in the Borderland, a total of 2,287 degrees and certificates will be granted by El Paso Community College (EPCC) at its Fall 2016 commencement exercises. The ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Don Haskins Center.

The Fall 2016 Commencement Keynote will be delivered by Woody Hunt. Mr. Hunt is Executive Chairman of Hunt Companies, Inc. Mr. Hunt also serves as Chairman of the Hunt Family Foundation, a private family foundation he and his wife Gayle, established in 1987.

An EPCC Scholarship will be created in his honor.

For more information on the EPCC Graduation Ceremonies, contact the Office of the Vice President of Student Services at (915) 831-2229 or click HERE.

EPCC is annually recognized as the top grantor of associate degrees to Hispanic students in the nation.