UTEP Surprises El Paso-Area High School Seniors with Special Deliveries
Last Updated on May 01, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Originally published May 01, 2020
By UC Staff
EL PASO, Texas – Dozens of area high school seniors are receiving a special delivery of congratulatory balloons and branded gifts this week and next from The University of Texas at El Paso, accompanied by a message commending them for their achievements and welcoming them into the University.
The effort coincides with GenTX Virtual Decision Day on May 1, which is coordinated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to celebrate students for their postsecondary plans.
“While we know that this is not the year many of our high school seniors had expected, we still want to celebrate their achievements and create an exciting experience for these future Miners as we welcome them into the UTEP family,” said Gary Edens, Ed.D., vice president for student affairs. “We are looking forward to having these talented, motivated students join us for the fall 2020 semester.”
The presentations are targeted to recipients of UTEP’s most prestigious scholarships. They receive a bouquet of orange and blue balloons, along with a swag bag full of UTEP-branded gifts. They are also encouraged to take a photo with the balloons and post it to their social media accounts using the hashtag #igotpickd. The photos will be highlighted on UTEP’s official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
All accepted seniors receive a graduation packet that includes a poster that says “#igotpickd.” They are also encouraged to celebrate their achievements on social media using that hashtag, which is the official hashtag used in relation to the University’s admissions and recruitment efforts.
The Decision Day events are typically held in front of the student body in high schools across the state, but the effort was moved to a digital format this year to in order to continue the celebration while social distancing in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.