“You know, what would El Paso be like without UTEP? You can look at it in the other context. And it would not be the same city.”
-William Gebler, Bachelor of Business Administration – Class of 1963
"My mom graduated at 58, with the honors Magnum Cum Laude from UTEP. I use that as my inspiration... I'm going to continue the tradition. " -Anguelo Salgado, Bachelor in Criminal Justice
"Life is a struggle. And I think that the best thing that I can convey to someone that's young and taking on college is: this is like a training process, and you should embrace struggle." -Guillermo Valenzuela, Criminal Justice & Sociology - Class of 1996
“Medical school, I don't care where you go, is still hard. It's still very competitive. But UTEP, I think, prepared me well for what I had to go through." -Willarda V. Edwards, M.D. Class of 1972, Bachelor of Science in Biology
“Performing for kids a little tougher because, you know, they can be very critical sometimes. I love performing for kids and to see their reaction when they laugh at the end of the show is really an experience.” -Raul Chavez, Senior, Theater Performance
"Me encanta de UTEP tres aspectos. Es una Universidad que cuenta con unos espacios maravillosos. Es una universidad americana, pero que tiene una calidez y una manera excelente de acoger a los estudiantes hispanos. Es una institución reconocida por su calidad académica, no sólo en Estados Unidos si no en toda América.” -Mónica Montoya, English as a Second Language Student
"Mecha got formed in 'el segundo', spread to UTEP and took fire. It took hold. And it became a strong movement." -Cinthia Miranda, Bachelor in Sociology - Class of 1970
"I was president of the student body when we had the first black student. Newspapers, magazines, television people, they called; they wanted to know what was going to happen? What was going to take place? Was there going to be riots?" -Don Henderson, SGA President 1955-1956
As the Centennial Celebration comes to a close, we would like to thank everyone for their support and participation in UTEP's 100th Anniversary.
During 2014, the El Paso community joined UTEP in a year-long celebration of our 100th anniversary, underscoring the central role that the university has played in bringing educational, economic, cultural enrichment, and improved quality-of-life opportunities to the residents of this region.