The end of the semester is often something to rejoice, but first students must get through dreaded finals and class registration.

To ease some stress, the University of New Mexico advisors and staff helped students register for classes during a special event called Operation Registration Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon.

The sixth annual event kicked off Monday at 9 p.m. in Hokona Hall with Late Night Registration that ended at 1 a.m. — after registration opened for freshmen students at midnight.

Tuesday registration was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Building for students who were not able to attend Monday night’s event.

Students typically register for their first semester during New Student Orientation with the help of an advisor.

Ruth Stoddard, operations manager for Residence Life and Student Housing, said Operation Registration is designed to make registration for their next semester as easy as possible for students who may not remember the process from NSO.

“They’ve worked through the registration process during the NSO program, but they might need just a little help the second time around so they can do it on their own,” Stoddard said.

The event also provided an opportunity for students with holds on their accounts to have them removed.

Originally, the event was offered exclusively to students who lived on campus. Stoddard explained that because of its success, a Tuesday session was created to meet the needs of commuter students.

While the event focused on helping freshmen, students of other years were welcome to attend as well.

Members of the Residence Life and Student Housing, the Student Success Center, the Division for Equity and Inclusion and the Bursar’s and Registrar’s Offices helped students during the event. A number of academic department advisors were also present to volunteer to assist students with holds and registering for classes.

Andres Rigg, a senior academic advisor for the Anderson School of Management, said he wanted to help students become familiar with the registration process.

“We’re trying to get them comfortable with the system and trying to get them in the habit of continuously looking forward to registration,” Rigg said.

Matt Baca, a freshman and business major, came to Operation Registration to have a hold removed and to register for the Spring semester. Baca’s hold came from a New Student Learning workshop he still needed to attend, but his advisor rescheduled it, allowing Baca to register for classes.

“It made life a lot easier,” Baca said. “I was able to get my date pushed back, I’m able to register for my classes, so it was very helpful.”

Tom Hanlon is a news reporter at the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at or on Twitter @TomHanlonNM.