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UNM Spring 2017 Commencement

The main UNM Commencement Ceremony for graduate and undergraduate students will be held Saturday May 13, 2017 at 9:00 am at WisePies Arena.

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 Information:

College of Education Spring 2017 Convocation Ceremony

Johnson Center Main Arena - Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM

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

Students should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony in order to pick up their name card and line up for the processional in the auxiliary gym. When students gather for the ceremony in the auxiliary gym they should not have anything with them, they will NOT return to the auxiliary gym.

The ceremony is usually between one and two hours long and there is no limit on the number of guests that can be invited.

Caps, Gowns, and Tassel

Caps and gowns are NOT required in order to participate in the College of Education Convocation, but are encouraged. The tassel should be worn on your right before the ceremony and after being individually recognized you should move your tassel to the left.

Special Needs

Convocation will have an area on the arena floor at the south side for wheelchairs and those needing special assistance. An elevator is available on the mall level entrance and a ramp entrance is located on the north side of Johnson Center where there is handicap permit parking.


Free parking lots can be accessed off Central and a fee parking structure is next to the Johnson Arena. Handicap parking is available throughout the campus and in the structure.

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.