UTEP Centennial Commencement: What You Need to Know


UTEP Centennial Commencement: What You Need to Know


UTEP Centennial Commencement: What You Need to Know
UTEP Centennial Commencement 2014

What: UTEP's Spring Commencement

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17

Where: Sun Bowl Stadium

More than 2,700 graduates and candidates are eligible to participate in UTEP's 132nd commencement exercises, marking the largest graduating class in UTEP's 100-year history.

In honor of UTEP's Centennial year, all graduates and candidates are invited to participate in a special single Commencement ceremony that will be held at Sun Bowl Stadium.


• Approximately 67 spring and summer doctoral candidates will be hooded during a ceremony from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 at Magoffin Auditorium. The ceremony will be followed by a reception at the Centennial Museum from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

• The first Ph.D. in biomedical engineering will be awarded during the May 17 Commencement ceremony. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) approved the biomedical engineering Ph.D. in July 2013.

• The first master's degree candidate in software engineering will walk the stage on May 17 in anticipation of earning his degree this summer. The THECB approved the degree in April 2014.

• The first bachelor's degree in women's and gender studies will be awarded. The THECB approved the degree in July 2013.

• The largest cohort of candidates in the 10-year-old international business doctoral program will be eligible for graduation. The total number of candidates is 12.

• The last time Commencement was held at the Sun Bowl was in 1998 for UTEP's 100th Commencement.

• 2,216 candidates will earn degrees this spring: 61 doctoral, 390 master's and 1,765 bachelor's degrees, as of May 9. Summer 2014 degree candidates also are eligible to walk during the spring ceremony.


Thousands of friends and loved ones are expected to fill the stadium to share in the special occasion.

Stadium gates will open to the public at 5:30 p.m.

Free parking with shuttle service beginning at 4:30 p.m. will be available on the south end of campus in the P-1, P-2, P-3 and P-4 lots and the Sun Bowl Parking Garage. The Glory Road Parking Garage will have spaces available for a fee. Guests also may park for free in lots S-3 and S-4 along Sun Bowl Drive near the University Avenue roundabout.

ADA parking with shuttle service beginning at 4:30 p.m. will be in lot R-6 near the Helen of Troy softball field. ADA parking also will be available in lot P-8 near Glory Field.

All four lanes on Sun Bowl Drive and the new roundabout at Glory Road will be open to traffic during the ceremony.

Please note, at 6 p.m. Glory Road will be closed to vehicle traffic for the procession of candidates.

Guests are asked not to bring items such as banners, balloons, noisemakers, glass containers, tripods, coolers and strollers. Sun Bowl concession stands will be open during the ceremony.

UTEP has partnered with KFOX-14 to stream the ceremony live from Sun Bowl Stadium. To view, visit utep.edu. The KFOX livestream can be accessed from any home computer, mobile device or tablet.

For more suggestions and tips, visit the University Commencement website at http://www.utep.edu/commencement


Media parking will be available for live trucks in the P-5 lot south of the Sun Bowl tunnel. Other media vehicles may park in lot P-7 near the stadium press box off Sun Bowl Drive, or across Sun Bowl Drive in P-6.

Pre-Commencement check-in for graduates will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the Don Haskins Center. Candidates will be available for interviews at that time.

6 p.m. – Glory Road will close to traffic for candidate procession.

6:15 p.m. – Candidates will begin to walk from the Don Haskins Center to Sun Bowl Stadium via Glory Road. The UTEP Marching Miner Regiment will lead the procession.

7 p.m. – Candidates will enter Sun Bowl Stadium through the south tunnel to begin the ceremony.

To hear from students graduating during UTEP's Centennial year, watch this video.