News veteran Sam Donaldson will deliver the keynote address at the University of New Mexico spring commencement on Saturday, May 12, at 9 a.m. at University Arena, the Pit. Donaldson was chief White House correspondent for ABC News.

About 3,225 students are projected to receive degrees from UNM's Albuquerque and Extended University campuses, as follows: 2,290 bachelor's degrees, 598 master's degrees, 71 doctorates, 100 juris doctorates, 63 medical doctorates, 85 pharmacy doctorates, 11 graduate certificates and seven education specialists. An official degree count is determined following commencement.

Senator Jeff Bingaman and Dr. John Martin Campbell will receive honorary degrees.

At UNM-Gallup, 101 associate degrees and 29 certificates are projected to be awarded; at Los Alamos, 17 associate degrees and four certificates; at Taos, 38 associate degrees and 18 certificates; and at Valencia, 47 associate degrees and two certificates.

Golden Graduates, the class of 1962, are also honored at commencement for their lifelong connection to UNM.

Mike Anderson receives the Tom L. Popejoy Dissertation Prize for research in computational modeling and fluid dynamics.

UNM President David Schmidly will give opening remarks and confer degrees and UNM Regents' Vice President Don Chalmers will greet graduates on behalf of the UNM board of regents. UNM regents, administrators, deans and faculty are among the platform group. University Secretary Vivian Valencia is chief marshal.

Jaymie Roybal, president of the Associated Students of UNM, will greet students.

The UNM Brass Choir will play music for the ceremony's prelude and processional. Grant Garrison, graduating with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts, will sing the national anthem and alma mater.

College, branch and departmental convocation ceremonies are scheduled May 9-16. For more information and the convocation schedule, visit UNM Graduation.

Media contact: Sari Krosinsky (505) 277-1593; email: michal@unm.edu