Nearly 3,000 Vaqueros will earn degrees this weekend

  Tuesday, December 12, 2023
  Announcements, Academics

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Dec. 12, 2023 – Since its first commencement in 2015, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has graduated thousands of Vaqueros, and this weekend UTRGV will surpass 50,000 graduates with its Fall 2023 graduation ceremonies.

Nearly 3,000 students will graduate this fall semester, in four commencement ceremonies being held Dec. 15-16.

The first ceremony will be at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, on the UTRGV campus in Brownsville, for all colleges.

On Saturday, Dec. 16, there will be three ceremonies at the Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg.

First ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. for:

  • College of Fine Arts.
  • Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship.
  • College of Health Professions.

Second ceremony starts at noon for:

  • College of Engineering and Computer Science.
  • College of Sciences.
  • College of Education and P-16 Integration.

Final ceremony is set for 3:30 p.m. for:

  • School of Social Work.
  • School of Nursing.
  • College of Liberal Arts.

The ceremonies can also be viewed online at  

For more information about graduation, visit


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.