UTEP set to honor Winter 2015 Graduates

Nearly 2,300 students are eligible to walk the stage at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 during The University of Texas at El Paso’s three Winter Commencement ceremonies.

This year’s Commencement will include 47 graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing program for family nurse practitioners (FNP) – the largest graduating cohort in the program’s history. The program is the only one available in the borderland and provides flexibility as courses are taken online.

The FNP graduates will fill a need in the health care industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas is one of five states with the highest employment level for nurse practitioners with 7,260 of them employed in the state.

Parking for all graduation candidates, family and friends is free in the P-8, P-9, R-2 and R-5 parking lots. University staff and media may park in the P-10, P-11, P-12, R-1, R-2, R-3 and R-4 lots. ADA parking is located in the R-2 and R-3 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.

Commencement guests also should know no Miner Metro Shuttle service is scheduled during Commencement.

Baby strollers, balloons, noisemakers, glass containers, tripods and banners will not be allowed into the Don Haskins Center during Commencement.

Visit www.utep.edu/commencement for the latest information about the University’s graduation ceremonies.

The “Mining Minds” pickaxe sculpture at UTEP’s University Avenue roundabout will be illuminated in blue and orange from Wednesday evening, Dec. 9, through Sunday evening, December 13, to commemorate UTEP’s Class of 2015.

“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. Learn more about the statue and its artist at miningminds.utep.edu

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 live stream can be accessed from any home computer, mobile device or tablet. To view, visit utep.edu

What: Winter Commencement at The University of Texas at El Paso

When: 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; and 7 p.m. for the colleges of Science, Engineering and Health Sciences

Where: UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, 151 Glory Road