- Inside UNM
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry will deliver the keynote address at the University of New Mexico spring commencement on Saturday, May 14, at 9 a.m. at University Arena, the Pit. About 2,576 students are projected to receive degrees from UNM's Albuquerque and Extended University campuses, as follows: 1,781 bachelor's degrees, 455 master's degrees, 75 doctorates, 92 juris doctorates, 75 medical doctorates, 84 pharmacy doctorates, 10 graduate certificates and four education specialists. An official degree count is determined following commencement.
Pueblo advocate and leader Herman Agoyo, watershed technologist and policy analyst Ron Gardiner, and philanthropist for professional, civic and educational enterprise John Rust will receive honorary degrees.
At UNM-Gallup, 74 associate degrees and 19 certificates are projected to be awarded; at Los Alamos, 15 associate degrees and three certificates; at Taos, 16 associate degrees and 14 certificates; and at Valencia, 55 associate degrees and three certificates.
Golden Graduates, the class of 1961, are also honored at commencement for their lifelong connection to UNM.
Mark Ralkowski receives the Tom L. Popejoy Dissertation Prize for "Heidegger's Platonism," a critical assessment of Martin Heidegger's interpretation and political use of Plato's philosophy.
UNM President David Schmidly will give opening remarks and confer degrees and UNM Regents' President Jack Fortner 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. Faculty Senate President-elect Tim Ross will lead the platform processional and carry the commencement mace.
Lázaro Cárdenas, president of the Associated Students of UNM, and Steve Chreist, president of the Alumni Association, will greet students.
The University Band will play music for the ceremony's prelude and processional. Adam Sterling, graduating with a Bachelor of Music, will sing the national anthem and alma mater.
College, branch and departmental convocation ceremonies are scheduled May 11-20. For more information and the convocation schedule, visit UNM Graduation.