Mining Minds: Special Lighting Commemorates UTEP’s Class of 2019
Last Updated on December 09, 2019 at 12:00 AM
Originally published December 09, 2019
By UC Staff
The "Mining Minds" pickaxe sculpture at The University of Texas at El Paso's Sun Bowl-University Roundabout will be illuminated in blue and orange from Wednesday evening, Dec. 11, through Sunday evening, Dec. 15, to commemorate UTEP's Class of 2019.
More than 2,500 summer and winter graduates are eligible to receive degrees during four Commencement ceremonies conducted Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, in the Don Haskins Center. Saturday's celebrations are at 9 a.m. for the College of Liberal Arts; 2 p.m. for the colleges of Business Administration and Education; and 7 p.m. for the College of Health Sciences and the schools of Nursing and Pharmacy. The colleges of Engineering and Science will celebrate at 2 p.m. Sunday.
This year's Winter Commencement will include inaugural degrees awarded for programs in the colleges of Science, Liberal Arts and Extended University's UTEP Connect.
"Mining Minds" is an iconic piece of public art installed in 2010 to enhance the UTEP campus. At night, orange lights brighten the steel structure while light from LEDs emanate from the perforated "ones" and "zeroes" at each end of the pick.
The University illuminates the pick in blue and orange on special occasions such as historic dates, major annual milestones and celebrations of special accomplishments.