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December 11, 2009

UNM Commencement Set for Dec. 18 at Tingley Coliseum

UNM’s fall commencement ceremony will be held Friday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. in Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico (State Fairgrounds).

About 1,639 students are projected to receive degrees, as follows: 1,150 bachelor’s degrees, 395 master’s degrees, four post-master’s, 67 doctorates, 14 juris doctorates, two medical doctorates, six pharmacy doctorates and one education specialist. An official degree count is determined following commencement.

Congressman Martin Heinrich will be the keynote speaker. Representing New Mexico’s first congressional district, Heinrich has focused on strengthening the country’s economic future, ensuring energy independence and reforming health care. He previously served as Albuquerque City Council president and as natural resources trustee for the State of New Mexico.

Graduates will be greeted by UNM Regents President Raymond Sanchez, Associated Students of UNM President Monika Roberts and Alumni Association President Ruth Schifani.

UNM President David Schmidly will be the master of ceremonies. He will offer congratulatory remarks, confer degrees and recognize honors graduates.

The University Double Brass Quintet with Adam Kehl, conductor, will play a selection of music for the ceremony’s prelude and processional. Elena Maietta, graduating with a Bachelor of Music, will sing the national anthem and alma mater.

Plan to arrive at least an hour early to allow for traffic and parking congestion and time to walk from the parking lot to Tingley Coliseum. Please carpool when possible.

Several schools, colleges and departments have scheduled convocations for Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19. For more information, visit


The University of New Mexico is the state's largest university, serving more than 34,000 students. UNM is home to the state's only schools of law, medicine, pharmacy and architecture and operates New Mexico's only academic health center. UNM is noted for comprehensive undergraduate programs and research that benefits the state and the nation.