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Newsmakers 2016: May

A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

Campus News  |  Jun 2, 2016  |  By Andrea Corral
Student at commencement

UNLV 2016 Spring Commencement. (Josh Hawkins/UNLV Photo Services) 

UNLV's unofficial May 2016 theme: Bigger and better. 

It was a month of growth for the university and the surrounding metropolis. Examples include the kickoff of a project to increase campus housing and an expanded workforce to fill an improved job market following UNLV's commencement ceremony for more than 2,700 new UNLV graduates. 

Read on for details on these projects and other UNLV headline news for May.

Cheers for the Class of 2016

Building on the excitement of their looming graduation, senior engineering students showed off their inventions at the college's Senior Design competition. Other members of the class of 2016 included a Truman Scholar and a social work student who shared their experiences and passions. What's even better? The job market is looking good for recent graduates. Hard work indeed does pay off. 

UNLV Expanding Housing

UNLV and community partner Midby Cos. broke ground on its $76 million housing project in order to provide better on-campus housing options for students and remove the "commuter campus" label. The five-story dormitory-style facility, called The Degree, will add 758 beds to the north side of campus as early as next year.

Population Boom 

Las Vegas has seen a rapid increase in its population and is now the 28th most populous city in the country. In addition to the expanding number of Southern Nevada residents, commerce has also grown with IKEA. UNLV experts weighed in on what the growth means for this area.

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