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What to know and where to go for Graduation

The University of New Mexico’s 2023 fall grads are set to graduate on Friday, Dec. 15 at the University Commencement at The Pit starting at 6 p.m. On average, a commencement ceremony lasts for about two to three hours as each student is given their own time to shine at the convocation.

While UNM holds an overall commencement ceremony, various departments within campus hold their own ceremonies as well.

The School of Engineering will grant a personalized degree and hold their ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m., which is also taking place at The Pit. 

The Anderson School of Management and Honors College convocation are happening on the same day on Thursday, Dec. 14 — Anderson at 4 p.m. and Honors at 6 p.m. The Honors convocation will take place in the Honors College Forum and the Anderson convocation will take place at The Pit.

The Geography & Environmental Studies and Sustainability Studies convocation will take place on Friday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m., however the location is still to be determined, according to UNM’s graduation website

As for the Fall 2023 University commencement, RSVPs for undergraduates and masters students are still ongoing and available until Monday, Dec. 11.

Students must buy their own cap and gown beforehand via the bookstore, according to UNM’s graduation website. When attending the ceremony, students are encouraged to leave their belongings at home. Graduates and their families are required to stay until the commencement ends.

The graduates’ family or guests are welcomed into the ceremony, but there are certain rules and regulations in place. The official ceremony starts at 6 p.m., but it is encouraged to arrive when doors open at 4:30 p.m. in order to find parking. Guests are only allowed to park in the parking lot located at the east side of the arena. 

The Pit will have its clear bag policy in place where any bags over 6.5” by 4.5” must be clear. Once the commencement begins, guests can take pictures without flash. 

Graduation may seem stressful to plan, however once the commencement begins, there is only celebration to be had.

Kat Gomez is a freelance reporter with the Daily Lobo. They can be reached at or on Twitter @DailyLobo

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