This weekend, the University of Texas at El Paso will celebrate more than 2,450 summer and winter graduates during UTEP’s four Commencement ceremonies.
Saturday’s celebrations at the Don Haskins Center are at 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 and the School of Nursing. There will be one ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday for the colleges of Engineering and Science.
UTEP’s Interim Provost John Wiebe, Ph.D., will preside over each ceremony.
A handful of inaugural degrees in the colleges of Science, Liberal Arts and Extended University’s UTEP Connect – the University’s suite of online degree programs — will be awarded during this year’s Commencement ceremonies.
Nina Beltran is a candidate for UTEP’s first interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience during Saturday morning’s College of Liberal Arts ceremony.
This is the first interdisciplinary degree between the colleges of Science and Liberal Arts, housed in the Department of Psychology. The degree plan provides broad training in biology, biochemistry, chemistry and psychology, with specialized training in a wide array of possible fields chosen by the student. The program prepares graduates for careers or continued graduate or professional education in neuroscience or related areas.
UTEP also will award the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree in the College of Liberal Arts through UTEP Connect for the first time.
This degree launched in fall 2018 and is designed specifically for individuals who earned an associate degree in a health occupation or technical field and would like to enhance their career options. The BAAS degree plan consists of both online and face-to-face classes with foundation courses in communication and rhetoric and writing studies, and several 15-hour concentration options geared toward the student’s interests.
UTEP will livestream all Commencement ceremonies. Since its introduction during the 2012 Winter Commencement, livestreaming 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 desktop computer, mobile device or tablet at utep.edu.
The “Mining Minds” pickaxe sculpture at UTEP’s Sun Bowl-University Roundabout will be illuminated in blue and orange from Wednesday evening, Dec. 11, through Sunday evening, Dec. 15, to commemorate UTEP’s Class of 2019.
“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.
For general information on UTEP’s 2019 Winter Commencement, visit the graduation website.
To make the most of the Commencement experience, graduates and guests should be aware of the following:
Glory Road Closure
Glory Road from Oregon Street to Randolph Drive 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 during Commencement weekend. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-midnight Sunday.
- 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.
What: UTEP’s Winter Commencement
When: Saturday, Dec. 14: 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 and the School of Nursing
Sunday, Dec. 15: 2 p.m. for the colleges of Engineering and Science
Where: UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, 151 Glory Road