Day 18: Commencement – Present

By on December 14, 2013

Commencement copy-webToday is Day 18 in the Countdown to UTEP’s Centennial year.

There is no greater gift than the present! Congratulations to all those UTEP students who will graduate today.

More than 2,200 graduates and candidates are eligible to participate in the 131st Commencement exercises in the Don Haskins Center.

Candidates from the College of Liberal Arts will cross the stage at 9 a.m., candidates from the School of Nursing and the colleges of Education and Business Administration will walk at 2 p.m., and candidates from the colleges of Science, Engineering and Health Sciences will graduate at 7 p.m.

If you cannot make it to the Don Haskins Center you can watch the ceremonies online, visit or UTEP and KFOX-TV, started a partnership in 2012 and has since become a popular option for viewing the ceremonies.

If you plan to attend a ceremony, you can get all the information you need by visiting

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Posted in: 100-Day Countdown

Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.

  1. Willie Quinn
    December 14, 2013

    To Whom It May Interest:

    This is a nice “post” recognizing today’s Graduates from UTEP. Congratulations to all the Graduates and good luck on your future endeavors.

    I thought you would like to know that today you will have participated in the 163rd Commencement of the school, starting in 1916, and not the 131st Commencement as printed on your Commencement Program or as “posted” in this Day 18 Countdown to UTEP’s Centennial Year of 2014.

    Actually, f rom 1916 to 1933 there was only one (1) commencement per year: There were two (2) commencements per year beginning in 1933, with the spring one called the 18th Annual and summer one just “Summer Commencement.” Beginning in 1943 there were three (3) commencements held each year, with one added in January. In 1947 the school began holding two (2) commencements each year. This pattern continued with only spring programs being numbered through 1962. The “Golden Jubilee” (75th Anniversary) commencement was held in May 1964. Numbers were dropped from the program heading in 1966. Then the August, January, and May commencements were combined for a single commencement in the Sun Bowl through 1980. Then for two issues, May 1980 and December 1981, the commencement numbers resumed, ending at 66th annual in December 1981. Then the next series were based on years, with the December 1981 termed the “Winter Commencement in the 67th year” and May 1982 “Spring Commencement in the 67th year” based on the academic rather than the calendar year. But that fine point was missed when after December 1982’s “Winter in the 68th year” came 1983’s “Spring” and “Winter in the 70th year.” The calendar year pattern continued through 1987, which was termed the “74th year” for both Spring and Winter programs. Numbering was dropped again until December 1992 when the numbering system was resumed. Ever since December 1992, there have been two (2) numbered commencements held each year.

    All of the above facts results in this December 14, 2013, commencement being numbered as the 131st Commencement on the Program, when in reality there have actually been 163 commencements held for the school’s Graduates beginning in 1916.

    Happy 163th Commencement and Good Luck for the Future.

    Just thought you would like to know,
    Willie Quinn
    Research Chairman
    UTEP Heritage Commission