The UNM Mexican Student Association (MexSA) hosts its annual campus celebration of Mexican Independence Day on Friday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Cornell Mall with a special appearance from a few select World Cup soccer players from noon to 12:30 p.m. Names of visiting players have not been released yet, but those who attend the MexSA event will sign a limited number of autographs on a first come, first serve basis.

The celebration honors the rich culture and history of Mexico – a tradition shared by many students, staff and faculty on campus. MexSA welcomes all members of the University community to attend the free event and learn about Mexico’s history while enjoying authentic food and music. The Mexican Consulate of Albuquerque additionally sponsors the event.

MexSA President and UNM graduate student Vanessa Rodriguez, said, “This is a very special opportunity that allows my team to bring increased awareness to MexSA and share our Mexican culture, values, and identity with the community in order to increase campus diversity.”

Additionally, 50 discounted tickets are offered on a first come, first serve basis for the upcoming International Legends Cup soccer game on Saturday, Sept. 13 at $15 per ticket. Students should purchase the discounted tickets online using the special promo code unm14 at: UNM Ticketing Services. Sponsors are: UNM Vice President for Student Affairs Eliseo “Cheo” Torres and the UNM Division of Student Affairs and the UNM Global Education Office (GEO).

Mary Anne Saunders, special assistant to the president for global initiatives, said, “There are many outstanding and affordable opportunities for UNM students to study abroad in Mexico. In partnering in this event, we want to honor and showcase our Mexican heritage on campus and encourage students to learn more about the high quality opportunities that exist in our neighboring country.”