A number of UTPA's graduates have distinguished themselves both in Civilian and Military Life:
General (Retired) William F. Garrison
Commanding General of the Joint Special Operations Command (1991-1994)
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Jack Wolfe, J.D.
Hidalgo County (1980-1981) and later Federal Prosecutor (1981-1993)
Roberto E. "Eddie" De La Garza
Attorney and past President of the UTPA Alumni Association (1986-1989)
Lauro Genaro Guerra, M.D.
McAllen Medical Center Board of Governors for 17 years; Board of Regents for Texas Women's University (1975-1982)
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