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Current Issue: December 8, 2003
Volume 39, Number 10

Commencement to be held Dec. 19

UNM’s Fall Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. in the University Arena (“The PIT”).
Richard W. Holder, deputy provost and professor of chemistry, will be the master of ceremonies.

DuranThe UNM Brass Choir with Michael Pollock, conductor, will play a selection of music for the ceremony’s prelude and processional. Cristina T. Duran, who will be receiving a bachelor of music in vocal performance, will sing the national anthem.

UNM President Louis Caldera will then offer greetings. William A. Dodge, who is receiving a doctor of philosophy in American Studies, will give the commencement address. His dissertation, "The Meaning of Place at Blackrock: Change and Identity on the Zuni Indian Reservation," is an ethnohistory of a community and examines how people create a sense of place through their cultural landscapes.

DodgeWhile completing his dissertation, Dodge was awarded the Center for Southwest Studies' Joel M. Jones Fellowship and the Dean's Dissertation Fellowship. He currently serves as vice chair of the City of Albuquerque's Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission.

The Platform Group will include UNM Board of Regents President James H. Koch and Regents Maria Griego-Raby, Sandra Begay Campbell, Douglas Brown and John “Mel” Eaves.

The conferring of degrees in course by President Caldera will be followed by Regent Koch offering congratulatory remarks. Duran will then lead the singing of the alma mater and Los Reyes de Alburquerque will perform the recessional.

A reception for graduates, their families and friends will take place on the east concourse of the arena following the ceremony.
Several schools, colleges and departments have scheduled convocations for Saturday, Dec. 20, including:

- College of Fine Arts: Pamela Michaelif, publisher of the Wingspread Collectors Guide, will speak at 2 p.m. in Keller Hall.
- Anderson School of Management: Eric Pillmore, Senior VP of Corporate Governance Tyco National Limited, will speak at 2 p.m. in Johnson Center.
- College of Education: Alumna Veronica C. Garcia, New Mexico’s first Secretary of Education, will speak at 10 a.m. in Johnson Center.

For a complete list of convocations, see the Commencement link off the UNM homepage.