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Campus News
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
May 10, 2004
Volume 39, Number 15

UNM degree is community enterprise

A message from UNM President Louis Caldera

CalderaOne hundred and ten years ago, the University of New Mexico held its first commencement in Grant’s Opera House in downtown Albuquerque. The Class of 1894 totaled six graduates, all receiving a bachelor of pedagogy degree from the Normal (teacher education) Department. Today the university awards some 4,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees across 200 academic programs each year. UNM salutes the vision and spirit of faculty, staff and students, past and present, who have helped to make this institution one of the nation’s leading public research universities in 2004.

For some UNM graduates, commencement 2004 will mark the end of a long and arduous road. None, though, will have journeyed alone. A UNM education is a community enterprise that involves the encouragement of family and friends, the understanding of co-workers and colleagues, the financial support of alumni and other friends of the university, and of course the collaboration of classmates and the guidance of faculty and staff who accompany students each step of the way. On this occasion that will bring so many members of her extended family together, UNM thanks all those who have played a part in the accomplishments of her graduates.

Together, like the spectators in the arenas of ancient Greece, we are privileged to be a “great cloud of witnesses” to the success of our 2004 degree recipients. When we recognize each of them at our own arena on May 15, we will not only be reflecting on the past, but looking forward to the future they will build for themselves, their communities and their world. In the meantime I am eager to see what our university future holds, as we work together to lay the foundation for the next 110 years of achievement at UNM. Go Lobos!