Nearly 4,000 students will earn their degrees from The University of New Mexico as part of the Class of 2018 – each one with an inspirational story sure to inspire others. Their commencement celebration is the culmination of many years of hard work, perseverance and dedication to their studies, their university and their desire to better themselves.

The theme of this year's commencement ceremonies, which will also incoorporate the installation of UNM's 23rd president, Garnett S. Stokes, is "Intention & Impact." What We Achieve [Changes] The World. It's each of us defining all of us, as one. 

For some, this is just a stepping stone in further academic studies. For others, this is the start of a new journey as they pursue careers in their chosen fields. For all of them, commencement is a moment to celebrate their achievement up to this point; and revel in the knowledge that they are now Lobos for Life. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 and to UNM's 23rd president, Garnett S. Stokes.


Joshua Dise – International Studies
While pursuing an Undergraduate degree in International Studies, Joshua Dise was able to study abroad in the Middle East. After graduating, Dise plans on working towards his Masters, with a focus on Emergency Planning and Response.


Leah Lucero and Siddhartha Dhawan – School of Medicine 
Leah Lucero and Siddhartha Dhawan came to UNM for it's affordability and prestigious programs. But the two doctors are walking away from commencement with much more than they could have ever imagined.