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UNM Fall 2017 Commencement

The main UNM Commencement Ceremony for graduate and undergraduate students will be held Friday, December 15, 2017 at 6:00pm 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 Information:

College of Education Fall 2017 Convocation Ceremony

Johnson Center Main Arena - December 16, 2017 at 10:00am

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 encouraged, but NOT required in order to participate in the College of Education Convocation. For Bachelor degree recipients, the tassel should be worn on the right side of the cap before the ceremony and after being individually recognized, should be moved  to the left side of the cap.

Special Needs

An area on the arena floor at the south side will be designated 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.