The University of New Mexico announced today the postponement of its Spring 2020 commencement exercises scheduled for May 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The commencement postponement is also in effect for all related activities, including college and school convocations and student services centers’ celebrations.

“It is with sincere regret that I share with you the decision to postpone the Spring 2020 commencement ceremony,” said UNM President Garnett S. Stokes. “I know that walking across the stage wearing your cap and gown to accept that hard-earned diploma is one of the most significant and memorable parts of the university experience.

“We want to ensure that our Lobo class of 2020 is properly recognized and celebrated, especially under these particularly challenging conditions. In the upcoming weeks, we will engage our students to develop a creative strategy to honor our spring graduates.”

Graduation and Completion of Coursework
The University is committed to ensuring that those students who are approaching graduation will be able to receive their degrees, within the constraints imposed by professional accreditation and licensure, and that your coursework can continue to the fullest extent possible through remote instruction.

“The UNM Faculty Senate is currently developing a resolution to address the issues of grading and granting of course credit for this term,” said Stokes. “Provost Holloway and I fully endorse this resolution and hope to see its adoption at the March 24 Faculty Senate meeting.”

Academic courses will continue to transition to remote instruction to the fullest extent possible. Many began Monday, March 23, in this new format and others are continuing to make the transition. Students are instructed to look for direct communication from their faculty instructors on how individual courses are being transitioned. Remote instruction will continue through the end of the term, on May 16.