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Class of 2020!

We celebrate your accomplishments, determination and perseverance. #utepgrad

UTEP Alumni and Friends Congratulate the Class of 2020

UTEP alumni from a wide range of disciplines, careers, and generations came together to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2020. See their messages of support and encouragement to the newest group of UTEP graduates.


President Heather Wilson

This spring, you are among the more than 2,300 UTEP students who will join the ranks of Miner Alumni. Not too long ago, when you began this journey, you made a commitment to work hard. To recognize your potential and to uncover the very best in yourselves. 

In normal years, our spring semester – like that of universities across the country – would end with the celebration of this milestone in your life with family and friends. Because this year is anything but normal, we will delay that celebration until the fall, when I hope to see you again.

While I won’t shake your hand until the fall, I wanted to let you know now how proud we are of you. In many ways, the oddity of this semester highlights your accomplishments in ways you might not have considered.

No matter how you found your path to college, the degree you earn this semester is your ticket to a dream. Each of you has reached this milestone through determination and perseverance. When there were challenges, you met them head-on. With the support of your family and the UTEP community, you did it.

Despite the uncertainty that the pandemic challenge has brought, you have once again pushed through, looked forward, and focused on what needed to be done for yourself, your family and your community. 


These qualities have defined our graduates since the very first of our alumni received their degrees in 1918.

Looking back through history, almost every generation has faced significant challenges either at the time of their college graduation or shortly after. From world wars, to civil unrest, to threats of terror – students met the challenges of their day. They adapted, persevered, and found ways to build their lives and their communities.

Class of 2020, your lives and your community – our community – will endure. And we will do so, in part, because you have reached this milestone with a sense of purpose. You’ve persevered, and you’ve capitalized on the opportunities this University has provided to you. And no matter what challenges lie ahead – big or small – you have the skills and knowledge necessary to adapt and to keep moving forward.   

Congratulations and warm best wishes,

Heather Wilson

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Other ways to celebrate

We know that this semester has not turned out the way you envisioned, but you should be proud of your accomplishments as you earn your degrees and reach your goals!

We want you to find ways to celebrate during Commencement weekend on social media using the hashtag #utepgrad. Post your photos on social media using #utepgrad, and your post can be included in our website and on our social media! Here are some options:

  • Graduation candidates can post photos in their regalia, celebrating with household members, decorated caps and decorated lawns or doors. The most creative entries have a chance to win prizes! Check out contest details here:
  • If you were unable to purchase your mortarboard, no worries! Simply use a piece of paper and share a picture of you and your artwork on all your social media platforms.
  • Add UTEP spirit to your social media posts with our social media stickers! Check out them out here: 
  • You can also add a frame to your Facebook profile picture here:
  • Community members are encouraged to wear orange and walk in their neighborhoods May 16-17 in honor of graduates and candidates who would have walked the stage at the Don Haskins Center throughout Commencement weekend.
  • Are you a First-Generation College Graduate? Show your pride on your grad cap and include the hashtag #FirstGenForward.
  • Graduate students are encouraged to submit photos of an at-home hooding ceremony with their families and loved ones.
  • On campus, the “Mining Minds” pickaxe sculpture at UTEP’s Sun Bowl-University roundabout will be illuminated in blue and orange from Wednesday evening, May 13, through Sunday evening, May 17, to commemorate UTEP’s Class of 2020.

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