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Commencement program, 1942
UTEP Library Special Collections

The first winter commencement at UTEP (then known as the College of Mines) took place on January 26, 1942, in a ceremony held at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in El Paso. The U.T. Board of Regents, however, did not authorize the ceremony and the official graduation date for those who participated in the ceremony became May 29, 1942. That November 1942, College of Mines President Dossie M. Wiggins traveled to Austin to seek approval of the Regents to recognize degrees awarded following the end of the fall semester. The Regents agreed and graduates walking at the next winter ceremony had "January 26, 1943" entered into their transcripts as their official date of graduation.

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Check out this article from the National Geographic Magazine (April 1914) to see the inspiration for UTEP's classic architecture.


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On this day in UTEP history . . .

December 21, 1916 • President Robert E. Vinson authorizes School of Mines Dean Steve H. Worrell to have architect Charles Gibson prepare “rough sketches” of buildings for a new campus. Gibson’s designs would be the first to use the Bhutanese style now prevalent in the school’s architecture.


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Gibson's rough sketches, 1917
El Paso Herald, Portal to Texas History


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About UTEP

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Chartered: April 16, 1913, by an Act of the Texas State Legislature as the State School of Mines and Metallurgy
First Day of Class: September 28, 1914
President: Diana Natalicio (since 1987) • Faculty: 1,267 • Staff: 1,830
Students: 23,079 (19,817 undergraduate; 3,262 graduate) • Gender: 12,457 female, 10,622 male
Status: 14,392 full time, 8,687 part time • Campus: 421 acres (El Paso campus); 38,000 acres (Indio Mountains Research Station)
Degrees awarded since founding: More than 113,000
Nickname: Miners
Enrollment data over the years: Click here



Source: UTEP Facts 2014 - 2015; C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department, University of Texas at El Paso; Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin



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