Winter Commencement Ceremonies in El Paso, Las Cruces
EL PASO — The University of Texas El Paso held Winter commencement ceremonies on Saturday.
The number of graduates was a record-breaking number. 2,300 UTEP men and women walked across the stage at the Don Haskins Center, an all-time high for winter commencement.
Another 51 UTEP gradates collected a doctorate degrees.
At the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, 1,045 Aggies received their bachelor's degrees.
Another 400 earned advanced degrees, including 75 PhD's.
Two students received a doctorate of nursing practice, the first NMSU students to ever earn that degree.
The very first graduation class of the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing was pinned after completing requirements for their degrees.
65 nurses took part in the ceremony, which signifies the end of their clinical roles. It was the first graduating class for the nursing school, which is part of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.
Saage Fogue is a graduate who said she was excited to be part of the first graduating class.
"We get to start the school of nursing and to me, you just can’t beat that. We have set the pace for other students behind us, and hopefully make a difference and make Texas Tech University well-known because of this school," said Fogue.
After the pinning ceremony the nurses recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge of Honor, finalizing their graduating into the nursing profession.