Andress High graduation delayed following UTEP power outage
POSTED: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 9:34pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 13, 2014 - 8:01am
EL PASO (KTSM) — The second time was charm for Andress High School seniors after a power outage pressed pause on the school's graduation ceremony Thursday morning.
The commencement, which was originally scheduled for 10 a.m., had to be rescheduled for 9 p.m. after the entire UTEP campus, including the Don Haskins Center, lost power around 9:30 a.m.
"I was made because my whole family was here," said Andress graduate Sofia Rios.
Rios said the emergency lights immediately came on, dimly illuminating the arena. For the next two hours, the roughly 4,000 students and spectators on hand waited before campus officials decided to evacuate the building.
"We just waited around and hoped that (the power) would come back up, but it never did," said one woman.
The lights came back an hour after everyone was removed, at 12:30 p.m., according to UTEP officials.
The power problem forced some Andress families to reschedule their post-graduation party schedule.
"We had a barbecue planned," said Star Brown, there to see her sister graduate.
"We had to hurry up and get that done so we could get back here in time."
Others were forced to pay twice for parking.
Still, one Andress graduate said the mishap made the day memorable.
"Everything happens for a reason," the young woman said as she adjusted her maroon gown in a campus parking lot.