The University of New Mexico hosts its Fall Commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at Dreamstyle Arena.
This commencement ceremony honors all doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degree candidates from all schools, colleges and degree-granting programs.
Approximately 1,991 students* are expected to receive degrees this fall. Main campus will award approximately 1,260 bachelor’s degrees, 344 master’s degrees, 67 doctorates, 18 juris doctorates, 12 medical doctorates and 27 graduate certificates.
At the branches, the following degrees are projected to be awarded: UNM-Gallup, 76 associate degrees and 63 certificates; at Los Alamos, 17 associate degrees and 2 certificates; at Taos, 20 associate degrees and 11 certificates; and at Valencia, 47 associate degrees and 27 certificates.
“As we honor your accomplishments as graduates of The University of New Mexico, we are celebrating your endless possibilities. Great universities foster discovery in every discipline,” said UNM President Garnett S. Stokes. “At UNM, we wish to give our graduates the courage and wisdom to ask challenging questions and the perseverance and skill to discover the answers. As you look ahead, I hope you will apply that spirit of inquiry in all aspects of your life.”
Stokes will provide presidential greetings and will be followed by keynote speaker Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, Judith Nakamura. Nakamura was appointed to the court by Gov. Susana Martinez in 2015, and was re-elected in November 2016.
She successfully ran for a position on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan court where she served for 15 years including 11 years as the court’s chief judge. Prior, she served nine years of practice in both the public and private sectors.
Nakamura graduated from UNM with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1983 and obtained her Juris Doctorate from the UNM School of Law in 1989.
Also as part of the program, philanthropists Diana and Chester French Stewart will receive Honorary Degrees. The French Stewarts will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters Honorary Degree. This special honor is awarded to individuals who have contributed significantly to the cultural or scientific development of the Southwest, or to the spiritual or material welfare of its people.
At the ceremony, vocalist Jose Carrillo will sing the national anthem. Carrillo, a professional mariachi musician since 1995, has been an instructor at the Albuquerque Mariachi Spectacular conference for the last 18 years. In 2013, he enrolled at UNM and obtained his GED from UNM’s High School Equivalency Program (HEP). Carrillo is a true testament that it is never to late to achieve goals in life.
In addition to the main commencement ceremony, individual departments will host their own graduation ceremonies. For a complete schedule of the ceremonies, department or school/college convocations, as well as additional commencement information, visit Fall 2018 Graduation Ceremonies.
* An official degree count is determined following commencement.