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All about graduation ceremonies

There are roughly 22,000 students enrolled at the University of New Mexico, meaning that hundreds – if not thousands – of students will be graduating this weekend. Thousands of attendees are expected to be at the main graduation ceremony.

Undergraduates and master’s students must RSVP for University Commencement by Monday, May 6 at 12 p.m. The ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 at The Pit, and students should prepare to arrive an hour early. From there, the main undergraduate ceremony will commence.

After undergraduate and graduate students receive their diplomas, the School of Engineering ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. and the College of Education ceremony will take place at 5 p.m., also at The Pit.

May 2-May 17, the University holds smaller ceremonies for nearly every major and organization. This method grants families and friends a chance to congratulate graduates more personally based upon their majors, their concentrations or their cultures.

Some campus organizations have held special award events for their graduates, such as Black Graduation, Pride Convocation and the Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center Graduation.

For a full list of department specific events and their schedules, visit the graduation convocation list.

Students of all levels at every college are invited to attend Commencement, according to UNM’s graduation information website.

Sadie Hopkins is a beat reporter for the Daily Lobo. She can be reached at

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed the date of the main Commencement ceremony as May 5. It has been updated to reflect the actual date.

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