UTEP to Celebrate Winter 2016 Commencement

What: UTEP’s Winter Commencement

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


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.”

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

Commencement Parking

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.

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.

View a parking map here.

No Miner Metro Shuttle service is scheduled during Commencement.


Don Haskins Center Policies

Guests may not bring food, drinks, baby strollers, balloons, noisemakers, glass containers, tripods or banners into the Don Haskins Center during Commencement.

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

“Mining Minds” Special Lighting

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.

“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.

Commencement Livestream

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 utep.edu.