On February 28, 1889, in the final hours of the legislative session, a bill was signed founding The University of New Mexico. Now, 132 years later, it continues to be a pillar of knowledge, community, exploration, innovation and research.

Every year, the campus community gathers to honor the University’s birthday and recognize its history and all that it brings to the Land of Enchantment. This year, because of the pandemic, Lobo Day will look a little different – as have many birthday celebrations during the last year, which is why UNM is making its birthday a celebration of YOU this year.

“This has been an especially difficult year for celebrating anything, from bigger UNM events to even just personal affairs such as birthdays,” said Heath Skroch, ASUNM Lobo Spirit executive director. “Despite it being a difficult year, I think that we should all get the chance to celebrate ourselves as well as UNM and what it means to be a lobo. I believe that Lobo Day is our chance to do just that.” 

There will be several new twists to this year’s YOU-N-M celebration. Instead of gathering for the birthday photo in the SUB atrium, Lobos are asked to submit a selfie wearing their favorite Cherry and Silver gear.

The photos will then be made into a birthday mosaic, marking the time Lobos chose to stay separate in order to protect the pack. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome to take part.

UNM students who submit photos will be entered in a drawing to receive limited supply birthday surprise, which will include a Lobo Day shirt and more. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, Feb. 24 at midnight. Click here to submit your photo.

Lobo Day is co-sponsored by ASUNM Lobo Spirit, Student Activities Center, and University Communication & Marketing.

“We have definitely missed seeing all the students at our usual events like Red Rally at Homecoming,” Skroch said. “Our hope is to finally see everyone when we unveil the highly anticipated photo project that we have been working on!”

Relive last year’s celebration here.