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UNM Spring 2019 Commencement

The main UNM Commencement Ceremony for graduate and undergraduate students will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9:00am at Dreamstyle Arena (aka The Pit).

The UNM Commencement Ceremony is the campus-wide graduation ceremony for all students from all schools, colleges, and degree programs. Bachelor's and master's degree candidates will proceed across the stage and be recognized individually. Doctoral and terminal master's degree candidates will be hooded.

UNM Commencement

College of Education Spring 2019 Convocation Ceremony

Dreamstyle Arena (aka The Pit) – Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 1:00pm

Convocation ceremonies are celebrations hosted by individual schools, colleges, and/or departments just for their graduates.

The College of Education invites graduating students from the class of Spring 2019, Fall 2018 and Summer 2019 to participate in our Convocation ceremony. Family and friends are invited to help celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of our graduates. 

Students and guests should plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony and there will be signs directing attendees to the designated areas. Graduating students will meet in a specified area in order to pick up their name card and line up for the processional in the arena, which will being promptly at 1:00pm. 

The ceremony is a traditional graduation ceremony and will last approximately 90 minutes. There is no limit on the number of guests that can be invited and tickets are not required. When students gather prior to the ceremony, they should leave all personal belongings with their family/guests, as they will NOT return to the waiting area. There is another ceremony immediately after the COE Convocation, so we need to fully and efficiently vacate the arena after the ceremony. 

Parking maps and additional information will be sent out to participating students who sign up on the portal.

Caps, Gowns, and Tassel

We strongly encourage our graduates to wear their regalia (cap, gown and tassel/hoods), which can be purchased at the UNM Bookstore prior to the ceremony. Some students may elect to wear traditional/cultural dress, which is also allowed. We also recommend dressing in comfortable clothes under your regalia as the temperatures can be unpredictable in the arena. For all degree recipients, the tassel should be worn on left side of the cap for the duration of the Convocation ceremony since our Convocation follows the official graduation Commencement for UNM. Master’s degree recipients should also wear their hoods during the procession and during the convocation ceremony. 

Doctoral Graduates

Doctoral graduates should carry their hood across their arms, as they will be hooded as they cross the stage. Doctoral graduates will be hooded on stage by their faculty advisor, Department Chair, or other designee. They will also be invited to submit a brief personal statement that will be read on their behalf as they are being hooded and crossing the stage. 

Special Needs

Areas on the arena concourse will be designated for wheelchairs and those needing special assistance. Plenty of handicap parking is available near the west arena entrance for guests with a valid handicap parking permit. 


Free parking is available in designated parking areas surrounding the Pit for graduates and their guests. Handicap parking is available near most entrances to the arena. Please note the COE Convocation follows the UNM Commencement and traffic exiting the arena parking areas after the Commencement ends may complicate parking for the COE Convocation. Please plan accordingly.  

Prospective Graduates

Please check with your advisor regarding your progress toward degree completion.

Graduates are encouraged to attend both the University Commencement Ceremony and their Convocation ceremony. However, graduates may elect to participate in just one ceremony of their choosing. 

Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 Graduates

Graduates from Summer and Fall 2018 are also invited and encouraged to participate in this Convocation celebration and will be listed in the program along with the class of Spring 2019.


Graduating students will not receive their official diploma at the graduation ceremonies, and are not required to attend a graduation ceremony in order to receive their diploma. Official diplomas will be mailed to the address on file with the Registrar, 6-8 weeks after the end of the semester when degrees are officially verified and awarded. For additional information please visit the Office of the Registrar website at 

Additional Information

For any additional questions or information, please feel free to reach out to Ignacio Ortiz at 505-277-7255 or