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UTEP’s Celebrates Centennial Winter Commencement

By on December 9, 2014

What: UTEP’s Winter Commencement ceremoniesWinter Commencement Graphic

When: Saturday, Dec. 13 at 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: Don Haskins Center (Mesa Street and Glory Road)

With the Centennial celebration coming to an end, joyful cheers and applause will be heard across the Don Haskins Center as The University of Texas at El Paso hosts its 133rd Commencement ceremonies.

More than 2,270 fall candidates and summer graduates are eligible to participate in UTEP’s Fall Commencement exercises, serving as one of the final events of the Centennial celebration.

The ceremonies will celebrate the commitment, hard work and efforts all graduating students poured into their work while at the University.

Each ceremony will include a special Centennial video presentation.

A Rare Occurrence

International students have been part of the University since it opened in 1914. On Dec. 13, 11 international students from the Virgina-based Rare program will earn their Master of Arts degrees in communication during the 9 a.m. ceremony. They are part of the largest international graduating cohort in UTEP history to earn the degree.

The Rare Program is a multinational, non-governmental collaboration formed in 2008 that teaches students how to use social marketing to protect endangered species and their habitats in more than 40 countries. Classes are taught in Mexico, China, Indonesia, Micronesia and the Philippines, and will expand to Brazil and Mozambique in 2015.

“The program exemplifies UTEP’s mission of access, excellence, and social mobility to the highest degree by empowering our students in foreign countries to address conservation and behavior change, as well as in their personal and professional goals of becoming leaders within their communities,” said Stacey Sowards, Ph.D., Rare director at UTEP and chair of the Department of Communication.

UTEP-Rare candidates will travel to El Paso from Saipan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Palau, Peru, Malaysia and Ecuador to participate in Commencement.

Watch It Live

As with past ceremonies, lively multitudes of families and friends will fill the Don Haskins Center to share the celebration of their graduate’s accomplishments.

For those who are unable to attend in person, UTEP will stream all three Commencement ceremonies live. They can be viewed on home computers, laptops, mobile devices and tablets by visiting

The live stream is possible thanks to a partnership between the University, 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.

Parking Guidelines

General parking will be available north of the Don Haskins center off Sun Bowl Drive and north of the Sun Bowl Stadium and Kidd Field. ADA parking areas will be available in the parking lots immediately north of the building.

Due to large crowds and traffic, University officials recommend guests arrive at least one hour early to avoid traffic, get a good parking space and get a good seat. Well-wishers with disabilities may find it easier to access the Haskins Center through its north and east entrances. Do not park in any reserved parking areas.

Motorists are asked to drive cautiously around the Haskins Center and be mindful of pedestrians. Additionally, drivers are advised to arrive via Sun Bowl Drive and to avoid North Mesa and Oregon Street.

Families are asked not to bring items including banners, balloons, noisemakers, strollers and tripods to the center.

For more suggestions and tips, visit the University Commencement website at

Veronique J. Masterson is UTEP's public information officer and may be contacted at 915-747-7503 or