Convocation ceremonies are celebrations hosted by individual schools, colleges, and/or departments just for their graduates. Each of these ceremonies may be different in form and structure and may range from a formal graduation ceremony to a casual reception. Specific questions about your convocation should be directed to your convocation coordinator. See the Schedule of Events for ceremony dates and times.
Saturday, May 11 at 9:00 a.m., University Arena ("The Pit")
The Commencement Ceremony is the campus-wide graduation ceremony for all students from all schools, colleges, and degree programs. Graduates will process across the stage to be recognized individually and will be given a diploma cover. Doctoral and terminal master's degree candidates will be hooded.
All degree candidates who plan to participate in the commencement ceremony and/or a convocation ceremony must complete the online sign-up form. The signup deadline is: 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.
Commencement Program Listing
The Commencement program lists students with Spring 2013 pending graduation status. Your name will be listed as it exists in your student record.
Official name change requests can be made through the Office of Records and Registration before our program publication deadline of April 12, 2013 . You will also need to notify your advisor of any changes. For more information see Fastinfo Answer ID 3576.
IMPORTANT: If you have a privacy flag set in your student record, your name will NOT be printed in the program unless you do ONE of the following before our program publication deadlines:
To check to see if your record has a privacy flag setting, search for yourself in the online UNM directory. Student entries are normally made 'public'. Those with a privacy flag on their account are not included in the directory. For more information see Fastinfo Answers.
Commencement Ceremony Instructions
Academic Regalia (Cap & Gown)
Arrive to the University Arena wearing cap and gown for processional lineup at 8:00 a.m. Please see the Pit overview arena map.
Please note that traffic and parking will be very congested. Plan to arrive early to allow time to park and walk from the parking lot to the University Arena. Parking for Commencement is free.
Tables are set up with name cards. Locate your name card. If there is no card for you, ask the person at the table to make one for you. If your name is difficult to pronounce, make sure you provide a phonetic pronunciation on the card under your name. Take the card and go sit in the area that is near your school/college. For your reference, ceremony instructions are printed on the back of your name card.
Line Up and Processional
Marshals will instruct you when they are ready to line up students. Line up behind your school/college banner. This is done in random order, not alphabetical. The marshals will tell you when to start processing to the floor, and marshals on the floor will instruct you where to sit. TOYS, HORNS, BUBBLES, ETC. WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON THE FLOOR. (Note: Fire Marshal restrictions require that chairs be tied together. This makes for close quarters on the floor. Coats, purses and other personal items should be left with friends or family.)
Pay attention to the master of ceremonies who alerts you to approach the stage. Marshals will also instruct you when it is time to go to the platform. Readers on the platform will take your card and read your name. (Note: Readers do the best they can to pronounce your name correctly. Reading hundreds of names will undoubtedly result in a few mistakes. Please take this into consideration.) As your name is read and you process across the stage you will be handed a diploma cover from the President. Marshals will instruct you back to a seat. (Note: you may not be in the same seat you were before approaching the stage. Do not expect to leave personal items at your chair and be able to recover them after you go to the stage.)
While you process across the stage for individual recognition, your photo will be taken by Grad Images. Proofs will be mailed to you by Grad Images if you have provided us contact information.
The ceremony will be videotaped and DVDs will be available for $20 per copy. Please place your order online on the Graduation Photos & Video page.
When the ceremony ends, you will be instructed by the marshals to join the recessional. You can arrange ahead of time where you will meet family and friends outside the arena after the ceremony.