UTEP’s homecoming celebrations postponed until next year

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Paydirt Pete, UTEP’s mascot, usually participates in homecoming celebrations.

Prospector Staff Report

UTEP announced that it will be postponing homecoming celebrations, including the alumni celebrations, until next year. The recipients of this year’s will be honored next year along with the recipients of 2021.

The university has only postponed homecoming twice in the past because of World War 2 in 1944 and 1945.

“Public health conditions do not support a plan to host the celebrations in the traditional way,” said Maribel Villalva, assistant vice president for alumni and donor engagement, said in a news release. “We will miss seeing our students and alumni back on campus this fall, we look forward to celebrating our alumni and enjoying Homecoming fully in 2021.”

Though the award ceremony is pushed back the awardees have already been announced for both categories.   

Receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2020 goes to J. Steve DeGroat, Joe M. Gomez, Buzz Graves, and R. Noel Longuemare 

For the Golden Nugget Award are the following recipients: Dwayne M. Aboud, Gloria Greve Perry-George, Harry (Hap) Lamberth, Carlos Spector, Marcela Navarrete, Victor L. Medina, and Allie Trimble-Lozano. 

Planning for next Homecoming will begin next year in late spring, and the unpredictability of COVID-19, this can or may be subject to change.