Commencement Attire Regulations
- Traditional black gown - not modified, altered, or decorated in any
- Traditional black cap - decorations to cap must not alter the profile or size
of the mortarboard; offensive or provocative language is strictly
- Leave personal belongings with family or friends. We cannot hold items
and items cannot be left unattended. Please do not leave items in
bathrooms, on the ground or in your seat. EPCC and the venue are not
responsible for unattended items. We recommend wearing a dress or
slacks with pockets.
- Use caution in selecting your graduation footwear. You will be required
to stand for long periods of time, walk distances, and use stairs/ramps.
We encourage you to be comfortable and safe!
- Candidates will wear tassels on the right side until degrees are conferred.
- Additional items – official regalia for the following honors or distinctions
may be worn:
- College honor societies and honor students.
- U.S. military veterans and military service members that have been
recognized with these unique designations.
- ECHS graduates may wear their early college stole and the honor
Note: Caps and gowns are to be ordered at the EPCC Valle Verde Bookstore
located on the Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter, Building A. All gowns for
EPCC graduates are black and the tassels are teal. Graduation announcement,
invitations, class rings, and diploma frames may also be ordered at the EPCC
Marching Order Registration
When eligible candidates receive their email from the Registrar, there will be information
and a link will be provided to indicate your wish to participate in the graduation
ceremony. All candidates participating in commencement must RSVP through
Marching Order. Once you RSVP you will receive a confirmation email.
Graduates who have RSVP’d to participate in commencement will check in at
the Auxiliary Gym/Memorial Gym at the UTEP. The processional will depart
from the Memorial Gym promptly 15 minutes prior to the ceremony. At the
Memorial Gym Annex graduates will receive their registration cards and line up
for the ceremony. Late graduates will not get to walk with their degree and will
walk once all degrees have been called. There is no commencement rehearsal
held for graduates.
At the ceremony, all candidates need to be prepared to present their name card
prior to walking across the stage. Candidates will receive your name card when
you check in at the Auxiliary Gym/Memorial Gym.
UTEP Don Haskin’s Center
Graduation will be taking place at UTEP's Don Haskins Center
General parking is free for the event at the following lots: SB7, GR1, GR2.
Disabled parking is accessible at lot SB8 (disabled parking permit is required).
Working Staff are to park in lot GR3 (UTEP parking permit required).
VIP Parking is located in lot GR4 (UTEP parking permit required).
Center for Students’ with Disabilities
Graduates requiring special assistance for the ceremony, please call the Center
for Students with Disabilities.
For the safety of all participants and guests, only graduates who have RSVP’d
and designated EPCC faculty and staff are allowed on the floor of the Don
Haskins Center. Family and professional photographers will not be allowed on
the floor of the Don Haskins Center and must remain in the areas designated for
guests. Flash Photography will photograph graduates twice on stage and will
email and mail a proof and order form. For Customer Service please call (888)
Commencement Conduct Guidelines
Commencement is a time to celebrate and enjoy your achievement. However, it
is also ceremonial. EPCC expects to conduct a meaningful, dignified ceremony
in honor of all graduates. Disorderly and/or disruptive conduct, including, but
not limited to the examples provided below, may be grounds for being escorted
off the premises and not allowed to participate in the ceremony, and may result
in your diploma and/or transcript being retained by the College.
By participating in EPCC’s Commencement ceremony (in-person or online) you
agree to observe the following guidelines and/or understand them and agree to
- Be respectful of other graduates and the audience by staying in your seat
before and after you receive your diploma and until those on the
Commencement platform exit during the recessional.
- Inappropriate behavior for this occasion includes, but is not limited to:
taking of selfies while on the commencement platform, pranks, stepping
or dancing of any kind, and/or vocal or visual disruptions.
- Use of any noise maker, including whistles and air horns is strictly
- Cell phones are permitted, but out of courtesy for other participants,
students should silence their phone, not use them during the formal
speaking portions of the ceremony, and should not use them while
receiving their diploma on stage.
- The use and/or possession of alcohol is strictly prohibited.
- For your safety and the safety of others, please do not toss any objects in
the air during the ceremony.
- All participants must stay for the duration of the event and ask guests to
remain to ensure each student's name is heard when called.
- In the wake of COVID-19, any guidelines set by the facility or public
health officials must be followed by all graduating participants and that of